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The New Library, Magdalene College Cambridge

New Library wins Royal Institute of British Architects East Award

The New Library has been announced as one of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) East Awards winners.

RIBA has recognised outstanding architecture for over 180 years and their awards are regarded internationally as a mark of excellence.

The RIBA judges commented "A brief to create a college library with a lifespan of 400 years – to replace a library gifted to Magdalene by Samuel Pepys 300 years previously – is no small task. Niall McLaughlin Architects have certainly risen to the challenge with this deft and inspiring temple to learning."

College Fellow Librarian, Dr Marcus Waithe, commented "As the College Librarian, and a Director of Magdalene's design and build company, I am delighted that the RIBA has chosen to recognise the New Library with an award. We worked closely with the architects and contractors to ensure the delivery of a project that would transform our library services, but also inspire by making creative use of natural light, shelved books, and the ancient environment of our gardens. With this new beacon of learning in our midst, we are justly proud." 

Regional Award winners will now be considered for several RIBA Special Awards including the RIBA Sustainability Award and the highly-coveted RIBA Building of the Year, which will be announced this summer.

The full announcement can be read on the RIBA website.