The University of Reading is a high-ranking education establishment in the UK, welcoming over 17,000 students and 4,000 staff from over 140 different nationalities.
Built in the 1960’s and extended in 1984, the library at Whiteknights Campus was in need of upgrading both to keep up with changing study patterns, and to overhaul its general appearance.
Kenton Simons, Senior Interior Designer at Stride Treglown who lead the project, stated “we chose Amtico for the two key circulation areas in phase 1 of the refurbishment as we wanted to create a very different look and feel to the carpeted finishes elsewhere. Amtico offered a contemporary design in a good range of formats, and the product we chose also had echoes of some of the original finishes in the building, allowing us to complete our vision of a sensitive refurbishment, that added a modern feel to the building whilst retaining its best period features. The finish is wearing very well, with maintenance requirements being minimal, and we have now specified further Amtico for Phase 2 of the project”.
Stride Treglown reported that the University is delighted with the results.
“Student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with the library’s own Twitter account having some great responses from students.”