University of Essex Library and Student Centre

Colchester, Essex

New build Silberrad Student Centre and extension to the existing Albert Sloman Library in a lakeside setting within the Wivenhoe Campus.

Our Services: Quantity Surveyor
Client: University of Essex
Contract Value: £17.2m
Contract Period: 1 year 8 months
Contract Type: JCT 2011 Design & Build
Awards: RIBA National Award 2016

RIBA Regional Building of the Year Award 2016

RIBA Regional Award 2016

Schueco Excellence Award Overall Winner 2016

Scheuco Education Award 2016

Architzer A+ Award 2016

The new Silberrad student centre forms the largest new building on campus since 1965. Set on the iconic lake within the grounds of the University, the Silberrad provides an integrated learning centre, student media centre, student facilities and Council board room. Due to it’s placement, it also provides a new front door to visitors to the University.

The existing Albert Sloman Library was extended with double height library and study areas, inclusive of special collections areas. Feature concrete and striking engineering provide a dramatic exterior view.


For more information on this scheme, or to discuss working with us, please contact Paul Denny (Director).

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