Aldham Robarts Library, Liverpool John Moores University

The Aldham Robarts Library forms part of the Mount Pleasant Campus for Liverpool John Moores University. The library occupies a sensitive site within the landscaped courtyard to the rear of a number of listed buildings and situated within the Mount Pleasant Conservation Area and World Heritage Site Buffer Zone.

The project forms part of a wider aspirational ‘Library Enhancement Project’ to deliver enhancements to the learning resources provided across LJMU’s libraries and study spaces. The extension takes the form of a ‘Pavilion’ and provides a cafĂ© and a range of study spaces for library users to work and relax. The Pavilion design by Sheppard Robson and Partners has been carefully crafted to respond to the landscaped character of the courtyard and its enclosing historic buildings. To ensure maximum benefit Gillespies were also employed to remodel the Courtyard, to reduce its dominance by cars and improve its usability.

Historic England commented that the design was of an “appropriate scale and innovative design”. Planning consent was received by delegated powers within the statutory deadline.

Project Details

  • Enhanced collaboration, study and communal spaces for library users.
  • A sensitive new building within the World Heritage Site Buffer Zone, Conservation Area and setting of Listed Buildings.
  • Improved landscaping rejuvenating the courtyard setting.

The Library Pavilion has been shortlisted for the Sub-regional Project of the Year (Liverpool) category in the North West Regional Construction awards.