The History of the Information Commons

The Information Commons is known by staff and students alike as the IC. 

Since opening its doors in March 2007 thousands of students have taken full advantage of all that it has to offer. 

The links below show the journey from conception through to the finished building.  The building was designed to be flexible and will continue to change to meet the needs of new technology and the needs of our students.

Concept and History

The IC concept was developed by the University Library and Corporate Information and Computing Services (CiCS) in the late 1990s and early 2000s as an answer to the shortage of study spaces, and the spatial separation of library spaces and PC clusters. More ..

Innovations of the IC

Architectural, environmental and technological innovations were used in the design and construction of the IC.  It's therefore not surprising that the building won many awards between 2007 and 2009. More...

The Launch and Beyond

Construction on site started in May 2005 and the building was completed at the end of March 2007. The IC brief stated that the building should accommodate the needs of the students of 2007, and as far as possible, those of 2057. More...


The pictures in the gallery show the construction site, plus a time lapse video of building of the IC. Here you will also find stunning shots of the interior, exterior and more...