21st-Century Learning – Saltire Learning Centre

Saltire Centre @ Glasgow Caledonian UniversityThe Saltire Centre is the hub of Glasgow Caledonian University for many students and serves as the beacon for learning. The Centre is the outcome of the University’s attempt to change learning and the notion of a library into a learning centre. The building is now a social, as well as an academic place focusing and promoting teamwork and informal collaborations.

The Saltire Centre which was opened on 30 Jan 2006, costed £20.1m to build and £2.4m to fit out and it occupies 10,500 sq m across 5 floors.  As Les Watson, the Pro Vice-Chancellor, puts it – “the Saltire Centre is a building that provides Services for our students, Active approaches to Learning and Teaching, a 21st century way of managing our Information, the repository of our Research collections, and Engaging our students.” Les Watson shares more details on the planning and design process in this article.

According to the architect BDP who won an RIBA award for this project, “The principle underlying the building concept is that ‘learning begins with a conversation’. Students are encouraged to learn from one another in a stimulating and appealing environment that ranges from formal and informal group areas, café spaces, incidental areas related to building circulation routes, through to silent ‘monk cells’. Learning space also extends onto terraced, south facing garden areas, providing the campus with much needed high quality, outdoor civic space.”

Take a look at the video below to see the implementation of their service mall and pods concept, the various different types of spaces created to support interactive group working as well as collaboration:

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Director, Civica Library & Learning ... got teleported from the academic library space to the commercial library space in 2005 ...
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