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University of York Library Extension and Archives

Architect: Leach Rhodes Walker, Manchester
Client: University of York

Judges Comments: not all the new buildings on the campus are inspirational and some fail to respond to the setting created in the 1960s. However, the university library extension is a striking, landmark addition, which connects well to the existing 60s building and provides much needed space. The archives facility houses the precious material of the Borthwick Institute, formerly at St Anthony’s Hall in the city centre. Designed to provide secure storage for centuries to come, it also offers excellent amenities for researchers.

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