Cutting edge design light fitting for Boots Library entrance


As part of the refurbishment of the Boots Library we aim to create an inspiring and inviting environment for students. With this in mind, a stunning centrepiece chandelier is being made for the library entrance.

It is made of bone china by Kou, a bespoke chandelier made in Staffordshire, England. No two Kou lights are identical, and each component has a unique shape due to temperature variations in the kiln.


3 thoughts on “Cutting edge design light fitting for Boots Library entrance

  1. Robert Crosby

    The chandelier looks very attractive. I would be interested to know how much it cost though and even though I support the refurbishment of buildings commissioned under the last government, I question whether this particular item of expenditure is an appropriate use of public money right now?

    The current government (that I in no way support) is putting the squeeze on the public sector generally and has imposed a 1% pay freeze on pay. That may not worry the highest paid staff in NTU, but has a real impact on those towards the bottom of the pay and grading scale (who are, incidentally, the people who are missed most on a day-to-day basis if they’re not there).

  2. informu66

    Dear Robert,
    Thank you for your comment on the light fitting for the Boots Library entrance. We have amended our blog post to make clear the context for the purchase of the Kou chandelier.

    One of the aims of refurbishing the NTU Libraries is to create an inspiring and inviting environment for students. You may be interested in a remark made in Kenneth Powell’s Nottingham Transformed (2006) that the exterior of the Boots Library is “marred by skimped details” (p107). In redesigning the interior, we have sought to improve both functionality and aesthetics, and the Kou chandelier will both illuminate the area efficiently, and show that we value our students by not skimping on details.

    Finally, we can assure you that the cost of the light fitting is not at all excessive compared with other means of lighting the space. In NTU Libraries, we are always mindful of the balance of expenditure between staff, information resources, and study space.

    Thank you once again for taking the time to comment,
    Ruth Stubbings


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