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Connahs Quay Library and Learning Centre 03

Children's Section

Connahs Quay Library and Learning Centre 02

Counter

Connahs Quay Library and Learning Centre 01

Computer Work Stations

Description

Description

The original library is situated on the eastern 'corner' of the town, on a busy T-junction marking the bounda'y between Connah?s Quay and Shotton. At 378 square metres in area it was the smallest of Flintshire's 'big five' libraries (Buckley, Flint, Holywell, Mold and Connah's Quay) whilst having the largest catchment area of 16,500 in the town of Connah?s Quay alone (the library also serves the western area of neighbouring Shotton). This situation was exacerbated by the fact that the reference library/ study area is on the first floor which could only be accessed via a staircase, with no staff supervision.

The library is a 1960s building over two floors - adult and children's library on the ground floor, with a reference library, toilets and staff areas to the first floor.

Main aims/achievements of the project were:-

upgrading customer facilities by installing a lift, making the public facilities on the first floor accessible to all users, and creating a disabled-accessible toilet.

Improving the ground floor layout by removing a wall separating the adult and children?s library and relocating the control desk to create a more flexible layout, and the creation of a fire exit.

Re-siting the children's area to improve supervision and make it easier for parents/carers and children to use the library together.

Increasing overall useful public space by constructing a new foyer from an open canopy allowing the existing foyer, which presented an unwelcoming image to people entering the library, to be integrated into the body of the library.

Refurbishing internal walls and stairway to present a more welcoming transition to the upper floor.

Replacing original metal framed windows with double glazed sealed units.

Increasing the number of public access pcs in the community learning area to 15 (plus 6 laptops, making it a more viable learning space for external providers.

Awards

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The Building

The Building

Type of library

Medium sized town library

Size

383 m2

Floors

2

Architect

Flintshire County Council Design and Consultancy

Building contractor

Anwyl Construction Co Ltd

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

-

External features

-

Internal features

-

Energy efficiency

-

Accessibility provision

-

Interior designer

-

Furniture suppliers

Remploy Library Solutions, Gresswell

Services and facilities suppliers

FCC Education ICT Unit, FCC Corporate ICT

IT provision

Public access terminals, WiFi, Internet access, Number of public computer terminals: 29

Seats/study places

36

Stock

16,000