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Nomad finds a home

October 15 2008

Nomad Research Design Consultation (RDC), the Glasgow-based interior design specialist, has been appointed by the University of East Anglia to develop an initial conceptual design for use of space within its Library.

Built in 1968, the Library caters for over 15,000 students and in order to enhance its offering, the university now wishes to explore the requirement for the provision of a range of new social and learning spaces, along with a redesign of the Library front-of-house.

Nomad, which specialises in the interior design of university libraries and public buildings, will initially undertake a field research and participatory design project which will help inform design of the six-floor building.

Nomad has adopted a unique approach to design that consists not only of experienced designers, but also includes teachers, scientists and engineers.  Students and staff will be consulted at each stage of the design by hosting design groups, establishing an ‘extranet’ and using popular social networking websites. Nomad will then outline concepts such as spatial strategies, bespoke fittings, signage and navigation strategies for the library.

Val Clugston, creative director at Nomad, said: “This will be a challenging project but we are looking forward to working alongside the team at East Anglia to help enhance, and ultimately improve their library services.

 “Due to its scale, we will be recruiting professional researcher and coordinator, Chris Lim PhD, to work on this project. We have always strongly believed that libraries should be engaging and inspire students and it will be Chris’ role to liaise closely with staff and students. This will help us create a learning environment that reflects their aspirations and desires.”

Jonathan Colam, director of Information Services at the University of East Anglia, added: “We were particularly attracted by the inclusive research led approach to design recommended by Nomad and believe this  approach will be key to delivering a conceptual design that will meet the needs of all users of the UEA Library."

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