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TL Robertson Library Refurbishment
& Services Upgrade

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Project overview

The TL Robertson Library (Building 105), built in 1972, now requires significant infrastructure works to address end-of-life services and ensure reliable and sustainable operations moving forward. The required works present an opportunity to extend the scope of the project to also modernise the building’s facilities and respond to the contemporary needs of the Curtin community.

Rapid changes in technology have seen the role of libraries change. This project will support the TL Robertson Library’s role as a key meeting place and activity centre on Curtin’s Bentley campus and its transformation into a place for digital innovation and social collaboration.

Creating a library with great heart that inspires great minds.

Local architect, Hames Sharley have partnered with international architecture firm, Schmidt Hammer Lassen to deliver the project’s design solution. Schmidt Hammer Lassen bring global expertise to contemporary library design, including experience in China, New Zealand, Canada and Denmark.

The re-design focuses on preserving the building’s iconic brutalist architecture, whilst creating additional internal space through the construction of a new services tower and revitalising internal spaces to facilitate an exemplar experience in informal learning, knowledge sharing and collaboration across disciplines. The design will also enhance the Library’s connection with Sir Charles Court Promenade and surrounding public realm areas.

Artist Impression: View from South. Please note, images are only indicative of final designs, which are still in development.

Unfortunately, two PUBLIC Campus murals will be impacted by the re-design. The project team is currently exploring new locations on campus for these to be digitally reproduced and relocated.

Project features

  • Replacement of end-of-life services and relocation from Level 7 to a new external services tower
  • Relocation of a reduced book collection to Level 2 in order to utilise other levels for use by students and staff, reflecting the transition from ‘collection to connection’
  • A large atrium in the centre of the building with auditorium-style study stairs connecting Levels 2 and 3, suitable for use as a formal and informal event venue
  • New flexible teaching spaces
  • New amenities including additional toilets and a 24/7 student kitchen
  • Improved accessibility to Sir Charles Court Promenade and surrounding outdoor areas with highly visible, universally accessible entrances
  • Targeting 5-Star Green Star Design & As Built sustainability rating

Artist Impression: Atrium view from Level 3.

Project benefits

The TL Robertson Library is a landmark at the historical centre of the Bentley campus and is an important part of the Curtin student experience. The refurbishment will transform the facility into an informal learning and research hub, showcasing connection and collaboration in addition to collections and technology. The project will have a significant impact on the day-to-day experience for students and the broader community - works will create over 2000sqm of additional usable floor space and excellent new services and amenity.

Campus impact

Construction is expected to commence Quarter 3 2019 and will be staged to ensure the Library can remain open throughout all stages of works. All possible measures will be taken to minimise disruptions caused by construction, however, the scale and location of the project unfortunately means that there will be impacts such as access restriction and noise. Updates will be provided throughout the project via digital communications and on-site signage. Subscribe to the project newsletter below to stay in touch. The project team can also be contacted via email at libraryproject@curtin.edu.au