The Powerhouse is a library for young people aged 8-25. The new library is complete redesign of its predecessor, relocated to a larger ground floor 'shop window' space, with improved security and access.
Moss Side's young people were involved in design workshops with the architects right from the start: the result has been an exciting, distinctive and attractive library, which its users really love to spend time in.
A dedicated, enclosed homework centre offers a safe after-school space and longer opening hours, which are further extended during school holidays, mean that membership numbers have soared.
The Powerhouse complex also features a music studio, fitness suite, sports hall, youth club, Connexions service, meeting room and Emerge 16-17 CMHT.
Type of library
Walker Simpson Architects
Features and services
Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Provision of special materials, Services to particular groups, Services to particular groups
Shared building, Building shape
Design features, Security
Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Furniture height
Demco Interiors / Walker Simpson Architects
Services and facilities suppliers
Axiell (formerly DS)
Electronic information displays, General, Internet access, Public access terminals, Number of public computer terminals: 28