The brief called for a minimum of 500 sq.m public library space, with ancillary accommodation, a small Tourist Information Centre and public toilets.
The library space has an open, welcoming volume which is well-lit both naturally and artificially. It houses a collection of 14000 books, an IT suite, seating area and children's area.
The site for the library was of special archaeological interest. Medieval artefacts were discovered during a preliminary excavation and a raised pile and ground-beam foundation was incorporated to ensure that no more than 5% of the site was disturbed during the building work.
The scheme falls within a conservation area and so had to be sympathetic to other buildings in the historic town. Natural blue slates with matching ridge tiles were used for the roof, and natural, coursed sandstone for the exterior walls, to blend well with the traditional stone and slate of Otley. Efficient mechanical systems ensure the maintenance of a comfortable environment and the lighting is designed to define the building¿s presence both during the day and at night. This has provided a striking building in the centre of the town which is attracting customers both local and those visiting.
Type of library
Architectural Design Services
Features and services
Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Retail outlets
Design features, Structural
Access within building, Assistive technology, Furniture height, Parking
Architectural Design Services (Leeds city council)
Arc Design (Leeds), Demco Interiors, Jowett and Sowery (Leeds)
Services and facilities suppliers
Internet access, Number of public computer terminals: 15