The flagship building promises to 'delight and inspire innovation and discovery' and will be designed by a team of architects behind some of Europe's top education and library projects.

As part of the University's wider plans to remodel its precinct around Tyndall Avenue, the new library will replace The Hawthorns - a former hotel which currently houses some student accommodation, catering facilities and various offices.

Over 1,400 staff and students reviewed and voted on the five top design concepts as part of the selection process. Both this open vote and the University's expert panel chose the modern design put forward by British architecture studio Hawkins\Brown, Danish practice Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and engineers Buro Happold.

Their proposal is for a landmark building that integrates with the local built environment, capitalises on the location and views, and extends the landscaping from Royal Fort Garden throughout the whole precinct.

While the winning concept now requires more detailed development and consultation, there is an ambition to include exhibition spaces, reading rooms and a café for students, staff and the public to enjoy.

The new library will also include a cultural collections centre to give access to the University’s world-class collections of historic books, archives and the Theatre Collection.