Final layout, colour and fabric choices

Hello everyone,
I’m delighted to share the (almost!) final version of the new Level D layout.

Level D Floor Plan 2017

We are still tweaking the floor guide a little more but this gives you a good idea of the changes that will take place.

A reminder that the building work will

  • Relocate the entrance to face the concourse.
  • Relocate the enquiry desk.
  • Create two new Group Study Rooms.
  • Create a Vending Area.
  • Create more study and computing space.
  • Create gender neutral toilets.

We have been busy selecting colours and fabrics for the furniture. The project team attended a really productive ‘Colour Workshop’ with BOF Furniture in Bridgend.

Below you will find images of the finishes, colours and patterns that our beautiful new Level D will be furnished with.

We are also excited to share some mock up images of what we imagine the space to look like. These images are courtesy of BOF Furniture – Bridgend Office.

The contract for the building work will be awarded imminently and with less than three weeks to go before staff vacate Level D its getting very exciting.

On behalf of the project team, we wish all our students who are sitting summer exams and submitting their assignments and dissertations the very best of luck!

Project Timeline Extended

To ensure that we complete this refurbishment project to a high standard, we need to allow a longer time for the works than originally anticipated. It is estimated that the works will take until December 2017. We are hopeful that work will begin as planned in June but until the contractors are appointed we will not be able to confirm exact timescales.

We are working on plans to ensure the impact to our customers and staff is minimal during this period, including ensuring availability of all current services, study and computer spaces, but inevitably there will be some disruption, for which we apologise in advance. For the duration of the building works, Library and IT Enquiry Desks and services will be located on Level E of the Hugh Owen library.

In the coming days I will be sharing the final architects drawing of the new layout and will also be giving you an idea of the kind of furniture we are hoping to put in on Level D.

In the meantime I hope you all have an enjoyable vacation.

Meeting for Students with Learning Differences or Mobility Issues

Hello again,

This Friday we are having a feedback meeting with students who may have mobility issues or who may have learning differences. The project team is really keen to hear what you have to say about the proposed new layout; you may be able to highlight an issue that we haven’t yet thought of. We will be looking at the layout, the proposed colour scheme and some furniture picks. Building regulations do cover the basic mobility issues that will arise but we also want to consider things like sensory and hearing issues. We can only do this with your help.

The meeting will take place at 10am in the Hugh Owen Training room (the little room off the big PC suite on E floor) this Friday morning (the 24th). Users with mobility issues, who have previously arranged access via Student Support, are welcome to use the accessibility entrance on Level E.

If you are a student with a mobility issue or a learning difference please do come along and let us know what you think.


User Feedback

One thing I forgot to mention in my previous post is that the plans to date are very much based on feedback we have already received (the above image is the Feedback board we used in the library to gather your thoughts via Post-Its). Where ever possible your suggestions have been incorporated and we greatly appreciate the engagement and enthusiasm shown for the project so far.

Although the finer detail is still under discussion some of the high level architectural changes are more firmed up and we are about to approach a major milestone in the project as we will be going out to tender for the building contract at the end of this month. Watch this space!

Welcome to Level D Refurbishment Blog

Hello, I’m Lucy O’Donnell the Project Manager for the Hugh Owen Library Level D Refurbishment and I am blogging on behalf of the Library Refurbishment Team. I have been a librarian in Information Services since 2012 and am an Aberystwyth University graduate.

The aim of this blog is to keep all users of the Hugh Owen library informed of the refurbishment plans and to seek your involvement and opinions on the project.

Here you will find the latest architect’s plan for the refurbishment (image is courtesy of Pensaern├»aeth DarntonB3 Architecture) Hugh Owen Level D Option G – Architect Design

Please be aware that these plans are currently in draft form. If you have any feedback on the project you are welcome to leave a comment or contact us via

The web page with further information can be found here:
We aim to blog each week to keep you informed of how the work is progressing.

Thank you!