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Nightingale Centre - Learning Cafe (Jan 2008)

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Nightingale Centre - Landscaping (Feb 2009)

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Nightingale Centre - Ground Floor Helpdesk (Feb 2008)

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Nightingale Centre Learning Cafe (October 2007)

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Nightingale Centre - 2nd Floor (Jan 2008)

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Nightingale Centre Exterior by Day (Jan 2008)



The Nightingale Centre officially opened in January 2008 as a significant extension to our Kingston Hill Learning Resources Centre. The building's name was chosen in honour of Florence Nightingale who regularly visited relatives in the area. The extension provides approximately 500 square metres of extra study space to the building's 3 floors. The ground floor features a new reception area, learning cafe and flexible learning centre. Floors two and three provide a mix of study space, fixed PCs, laptop zones and group study rooms.

Kingston Hill has been a designated Conservation Area since 2004. The local environment was carefully respected and local residents were consulted throughout the planning phase. Sustainable materials were used in the new build. Ventilation, lighting and heating systems were chosen with a particular emphasis on environmental factors.



The Building

The Building

Type of lLibrary

Campus/site library


4300 m2




McAslan and partners

Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Cafe/refreshment areas, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Meeting rooms, Open learning provision, Public address system, Teaching rooms

External features


Internal features

Design features, Health and safety provision

Energy efficiency

Energy conservation, General, Heating, Lighting, Materials used, Ventilation, Water use

Accessibility provision

Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Emergency features, Furniture height

Interior designer

Curious Oranj

Furniture suppliers

Godfrey Syrett (Peal Furniture)

Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

Electronic information displays, General, Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 232

Seats/study places



150,000 Subject specialisation: Teaching Resources Collection