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Robert Gordon University appoints Miller for campus masterplan

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April 27 2011

Robert Gordon University appoints Miller for campus masterplan
Miller Construction have been appointed as the main contractor by Robert Gordon University for its Garthdee campus masterplan, the first phase of a wider £170m plan to create 34,000m2 of floor space.

Designed to impart a sense of arrival the new buildings are intended to enhance the riverside setting of the campus whilst interconnecting with the existing estate.

It will bring together all of the universities academic activities together in one place for the first time.

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal of Robert Gordon University said, "The development of key activities at Garthdee is an important project which will create a sense of excitement and innovation for students and staff alike.

“The new facilities will give our students an outstanding educational environment.  Staff and students from different disciplines will benefit from working more closely together than has previously been possible and we will be better placed to engage with our professional and industry partners."

Work on the £50m scheme is scheduled to commence on the campus in May 2011 with the first staff and students occupying the buildings by September 2013.

3 Comments

Auntie Nairn
#1 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 28 Apr 2011 at 14:06 PM
Oooooooooooohhh, wiggly.
Andrew Brown
#2 Posted by Andrew Brown on 11 May 2011 at 13:16 PM
This is a great opportunity for Aberdeen, I have just recently moved to Aberdeen, it makes me proud to thing some of the best of Scottish Architecture is now coming to the North East of Scotland, this being an example and the tip if the ice berg! Well done RGU and Aberdeen!
Anna
#3 Posted by Anna on 16 Nov 2013 at 14:59 PM
Unfortunately it is not what I have expected. This is far from what I believe a library of the future should be. This building is not functional!
In order to get to the actual floors of the library, a man will have to change lifts. Main entrance at 3rd level, lift leads to 5th floor, then another lift to the other floors of the library. By the way, no staff lift, imagine staff with trolleys of books on the same lift with students...
Oh, and by the way! There is a real issue with the magazines! All magazines are stored on the 8th floor for all subjects. New technology - movable shelves with magazines. But! Only one person can use them at a time because if person A is on first aisle of magazines, person B has to wait for person A to move in order to move the shelves and get to letter B! So, I assume the person who had that wonderful idea probably thought that as it's 2013, students do not actually bother to use real books and rely only on Internet. So, that's why the designer didn't bother either to store the magazines in a sensible way so that they are all accessible at one time.
I personally do not see conditions for real studying, and it is because when designed, this building was meant to be more as a meeting space rather than a library. Is this really the library of the future? If so, does this mean that people won't actually read anymore? Because really, everyone is either having coffee down below the big atrium or on a computer reading social media instead of doing something for his school work. Are students really invited into a studying atmosphere?

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