Images

Images

Kidderminster 03

Atrium from top of main staircase, showing exhibition board and craft display case

Kidderminster 02

Atrium showing staircase

Kidderminster 01

External view from the Corn Exchange corner

Description

Description

Worcestershire's "flagship" library. Building site was constrained by a boundary wall, which the architect overcame with an imaginative atrium design. Brick-clad exterior to echo a design feature of the old building and to match surrounding buildings. The atrium is a key design feature from the point of view of lighting, ambience and accessibility, with public artwork, display cabinets and exhibition boards. Accessibility features include tactile signs. A Council shop provides the public with direct access to all District and County Council services. Building designed to by energy efficient and environmentally friendly with full insulation and natural ventilation.

Awards

Winner - Public Library Building Award 1999 for the best new public library in the United Kingdom and Ireland, in the large new library category.

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Medium sized town library

Size

2225 m2

Floors

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Architect

Internal

Building contractor

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The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Exhibition/display areas, Hosting of other agencies, Meeting rooms

External features

Art works, Nature of site

Internal features

Health and safety provision

Energy efficiency

General

Accessibility provision

Access within building, Assistive technology, Emergency features, Furniture height, Parking, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

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Furniture suppliers

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Services and facilities suppliers

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IT provision

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Seats/study places

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Stock

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