The addition of two new buildings for the Library and Business School and for the Knowledge Dock and Engineering School to the UEL Docklands Campus is part of the strategy to consolidate the university onto two sites - Docklands and Stratford.

The library is part of a new building containing the Business School and an IT barn and is on two floors with mezzanines and walkways across vast interior spaces. There is further space on the ground for archives and community activities relating to the collections. The space also includes a staffed Skillzone area, offering access to a range of services to enhance students' learning and employability.

Services include the library, networked PCs, IT teaching facilities, edit suites, Skillzone, Refugee Council Archive, Hackney Empire Archive and the British Olympic Association Library and Archive.

The project cost £16,000,000 including the Knowledge Dock and School of Computing and Engineering.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Campus/site library


3158 m2




Matthew Brooke at BDP

Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Teaching rooms

External features

Building shape

Internal features

Design features, Structural

Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Signage / guiding

Interior designer


Furniture suppliers

ROC, Reska at Demco, Segment

Services and facilities suppliers

ROC, Reska at Demco, Segment

IT provision

Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, Number of public computer terminals: 725

Seats/study places