Stage 3 development of TNA building

FOI request reference: F0063424
Publication date: October 2020

Request
Stage 3 development of TNA building. Can you please send me details of this development due to start next month, see also

https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/specification/case-study-the-national-archives-kew-by-aoc

I would like to know how much space will be taken away from researchers on the First Floor reading room, especially at a time when researchers are unable to visit TNA.

Outcome
Successful.

Response
On 2 August, 2019, The National Archives made an announcement on this matter: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/new-learning-spaces-for-the-historians-of-tomorrow/

Two learning spaces are under construction:

One is within the Document Reading Room. It is 68sqm in size and replaces 4 tables (32 individual seats), providing instead an enclosed space that can accommodate groups of up to 30 to work together or take part in facilitated research or events without disturbing researchers engaged in quiet research. Whilst construction works are underway 72 seats (nine tables) are temporarily removed, along with some camera stands. Pre-Covid almost 300 seats remained available in this area.

The other is within the Open Reading Room (also referred to as the Research Enquiries area). It is 128sqm and can be configured to accommodate groups of up to 100. It is situated in a space previously occupied by 6 Library bays and an under-utilised online research area.

The learning spaces are part of a building transformation programme which commenced in 2016, and are not connected in any way to the COVID-19 restrictions which have resulted in the current reduction in available seats in the reading rooms.