15 October 2015
The Bodleian's Weston Library has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award.
The four-year project to transform the library was one of 32 schemes from across the UK to be considered for the prestigious honour.
The Prime Minister's Award is the pinnacle of the British Construction Industry Awards. It marks excellence in construction and design for buildings and civil engineering projects and recognizes publicly funded construction projects that are completed on time, on budget and bring real change to their local community.
The refurbishment of the grade II-listed Weston Library has already generated praise from users, visitors and the media alike. It has undergone major work to turn it into an exciting and dynamic resource that will encourage greater access and engagement for the University and general public. The Weston Library opened to the public in March 2015 after a three-year transformation by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
New facilities include study rooms, reading rooms and a visiting scholars centre. Above and below ground, more than 40km of state-of-the-art storage facilities now house the special collections, including four of the 18 surviving copies of Magna Carta. The library also offers two exhibition spaces, a lecture theatre, café and shop.
The award for the winning project was presented at the British Construction Industry Awards ceremony in Park Lane, London on 14 October. Previous award winners include the Medmerry Flood Defence Scheme, Tate Modern and the Velodrome at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.