Oxford University Library Revamp Approved

31 May 2010 (Last Updated May 31st, 2010 18:30)

The proposed revamp of Oxford University's New Bodleian Library in the UK has received planning permission and listed building consent. Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, the £78m ($112.9m) transformation will create storage space for the library's collection. The renova

The proposed revamp of Oxford University's New Bodleian Library in the UK has received planning permission and listed building consent.

Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, the £78m ($112.9m) transformation will create storage space for the library's collection.

The renovation will begin next year in the Weston Library, which will feature a new glass frontage with a large entrance hall, exhibition rooms and a cafe.

The new Weston Library is expected to open in 2015, according to oxfordmail.co.uk.

New semi-pedestrianised public space will be created between the new Weston Library and the Clarendon Building.

The project secured £25m ($36.2m) each from Oxford University Press and Garfield Weston Foundation towards the scheme.

The Grade II-listed New Bodleian Library was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1940.