"Awesome - like a cross between a library and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I want to live here." was the novel response from an undergraduate on seeing Manchester university's new Alan Gilbert Learning Commons (AGLC) building.
Great news! The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons over at the University of Manchester won a 2014 Guardian University Award. Described as the UK’s first truly digital library, it won the Facilities Project category, which is awarded to a project that has positively enhanced the experiences of students and staff on campus.
From construction onwards mN worked closely with the UoM to explore the integration of digital technologies into the final building design. Using digital touch screens embedded in the AGLC building, we gave students the tools to locate free PC’s, navigate the campus and book out meeting rooms.
The AGLC continues to be an inspiring location with technology weaved into the experience of the building, providing students and staff with useful and accurate information whenever they need it. In its opening month, October 2012, 60,000 visitors passed through the doors of the building, and usage continues to be high with an average of 2,670 visitors per day. We're super proud to have been involved in this incredibly innovative and successful project - congratulations to everyone on the AGLC team!