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Brisbane Girls Grammar School Research Learning Centre (BGGS RLC)
New build or refurbishment: New build
Budget: $15.25M + GST
Project completed: 15/01/2015
The predominant role of BGGS RLC is to serve the students of the school, a population of approximately 1300. It contains book collection spaces as well as general learning areas (GLAs), flexible learning areas (FLAs) and associated administration.
The centre intentionally blurs the line between 'library' and GLA, in recognition of the ever increasing role of librarians and information service specialists inside and outside of the library proper, as well as the role of the library in facilitating class groups throughout the day. It also recognises the increasing decentralistion of the distribution of information through technology.
At the same time the centre has a specific identity and specialist resources - a place where students and teachers alike have access to the spaces and from 7am-5pm, with specialists on hand to assist with research and the facilitation of individual as well as group tasks. The spaces reflect the ongoing role of books, whilst offering access to technology in equal measure.
Importantly, the centre serves girls ranging in age from year seven to year 12. As such, the spaces have been designed to offer refuge and prospect - refuge from the 'noise' of the world outside, and simultaneous access to it through books, technology and vews of the city and its surrounds.