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Nomad settles on Bristol and London

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July 17 2008

Nomad Research Design Consultation (RDC), the Glasgow-based interior design specialist, has announced details of two new contracts with the University of Bristol and Royal Holloway University of London.

The company, which specialises in the interior design of university libraries and public buildings, has been appointed by the University of Bristol to oversee the refurbishment of both the medical and arts & social sciences libraries, and will also develop a unique design guide for the university’s 10 other libraries.

Royal Holloway University of London has appointed Nomad to oversee the design and refurbishment of the entrance level to its Bedford Library, Nomad will encourage staff and student participation throughout the project.

Val Clugston, creative director at Nomad, said: “There is a growing realization among many universities that although they may have glowing reputations for being centres of educational excellence, they are being let down by their libraries.

“That is why the Higher Education Funding Council for England has stated that £1 billion will be spent on libraries and learning spaces over the next five years.  Libraries should be engaging and inspire students and that’s why we draw on theories from various disciplines such as environmental and behavioral science and town planning, when working on any project.”

Scott Mason, project director at Nomad, added: “The University of Bristol contract is a thrilling project for us, as it will allow us to put many of the theories and concepts we have been developing about public spaces into practice, and as with the Royal Holloway contract, we’re looking forward to updating and enriching spaces that are steeped in so much character.”

Nomad is currently working alongside architects Page & Park on the £10 million redevelopment of The Hub at the University of Glasgow, to create an innovative interior design solution for the currently disused 1960s building. On completion in September 2008, The Hub will house a range of student services including a careers office, bookshop, meeting rooms, a refectory and a pharmacy. 

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