The library is in the new rotunda extension, part of a £33m refurbishment project which also includes additional learning and social space, a new performance hall and recording studios and office accommodation for senior management.
The library provides a learning commons approach to bringing learning resources and social sharing together in one space. Housed across three floors in the rotunda and with no straight lines and only curved walls, it presented some challenges for the design.
The original tender brief was to have the project split into shelving only and other design. It was Demco’s expertise in being able to overcome the challenges and offer a new way of approaching the project that so impressed the library team and won them the complete contract for concept, installation and delivery.