A Library of ideas

The Saltire Centre

I have worked in education for over 45 years as:
Science teacher, Senior Lecturer (computers in education), Director of IT services, College Dean of Faculty, University Director of Information Resources, Pro Vice Chancellor, Consultant in Library, IT and learning, design and development
See my linkedin cv and my consultancy clients


Glasgow Caledonian University – the Learning Cafe and the Saltire Centre

Royal Holloway University of London – The Bedford Library

York St John University – Fountains Learning Centre

….. details on these projects to follow
You can see a full list of clients here


During my involvement with library builds and refurbishments it has become clear to me that whilst the tangible aspects of a building, such as the construction materials used, the furniture & fittings and the details of the project plan, are all vitally important there is something else that is also essential…..
The strapline for this website encapsulate this ‘something else’ as ‘the ideas in the building’.
Often it is those aspects that might be considered ‘peripheral’ to the serious business of crafting the building that are, in my view, most important in creating a great building and achieving a stand out result. The sections below outline some aspects of planning and design that make the difference between a good result or an outstanding one.