Refurbishment for Edinburgh Central Library

A feasibility study is underway that will look at the options for a major refurbishment and restoration of Edinburgh Central Library.

17 August 2013

The Scottish magazine Urban Realm reports that Bennetts Associates have been commissioned to undertake a feasibility study for the B listed Edinburgh Central Library.

'The Edinburgh institution has been serving the public for over 100 years but in that time has accumulated a number of piecemeal agglomerations, which have devalued its historic fabric.

'To remedy this Bennetts have been tasked with reconfiguring the existing facilities to improve accessibility whilst restoring the historic building to its former glory.

'Though still at an early stage ideas under consideration thus far include incorporating a new cultural hub in the vaults below George IV Bridge and a rooftop restaurant.'

Designing Libraries spoke to Liz McGettigan, Library and Information Services Manager, who said: ‘We are really excited about the potential reinvigoration and transformation of the City of Edinburgh’s wonderful Carnegie Library. The team at Bennetts Associates have interpreted our design brief with great thoughtfulness, sensitivity, imagination and brio. Their ideas embrace with confidence the 21st Century, while cherishing and illuminating the civic grandeur and beauty envisaged by its 19th Century architect, George Washington Browne.’

 

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