Royal Holloway University of London has awarded a contract to UK-based construction firm Osborne to develop a new library and student services centre on campus, at an estimated cost of £48m.
The facility will be built opposite the Founder’s building in the college grounds.
Enabling work for construction will be initiated in the next few months, with the main development starting in November.
Completion of the centre has been scheduled before the start of the new term in September 2017.
The design will feature study spaces, with room for resources currently in-demand from both students and staff.
Royal Holloway University of London principal Professor Paul Layzell said: "This exciting and modern complex will make a huge difference to the lives of our students and academics, creating an improved environment for everyone while preserving the genuine community feel at Royal Holloway that students and staff value."
The centre’s exterior will have large expanses of glazing reflecting views of Founder’s building and offering panoramic views. It will also feature external green landscaping to coordinate the building’s setting with that of Founder’s.
Facilities such as a retail unit, café and atrium space will be housed in and around the development. A purpose-built seminar space will be also be constructed to hold larger presentations.
The library project will include a purpose-built storage space to preserve the college’s Victorian art, archives and special collections.
A group of students and professors met with the architects in February to agree on the final development plan and furniture for the centre.
Osborne Construction managing director John Craig said: "We are delighted to have been awarded this contract.
"It is a prestigious and challenging project, and collaboration at all stages will be a key factor in successful delivery."
Image: Architect’s impression of the new library and student services centre at Royal Holloway, University of London. Photo: courtesy of Royal Holloway, University of London.