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Penylan Library and Community Centre: Dedicated ICT suite

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Penylan Library and Community Centre: Exterior



This exciting project transformed two separate buildings, Penylan Library and Roath Community Hall, into one large, integrated building: Penylan Library and Community Centre. The existing library was demolished and the Community Hall extended to house a new and larger, two storey library. This integrated facility links to the Council's efficiency programme.

The design consisted of a combined entrance/reception servicing both the Community Hall and the Library. Improvements to the Community Hall side included the addition of a children's facility with protected outdoor play area, and an increase in the number of meeting and community rooms on the first floor.

The scheme also included external improvements and an increase in parking provision.

Features of the library include:

Fantastic new interior design

Dedicated ICT suite

Quick access PCs

Children's PCs

WiFi access

2 RFID self-service kiosks

Lift access

Automatic doors

DDA compliant public toilets

Refreshment vending

Improved parking facilities with disabled parking bays Improved traffic flow Improved toilet facilities



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Multi-purpose building


300 m2




Cardiff Council: Project, Design & Development

Building contractor

Gee Construction

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Equipment provision, Group study spaces, Meeting rooms, Sound and image processing facilities

External features

Shared building, Building shape

Internal features

Design features, Staff accommodation/facilities, Structural

Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Parking, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

Cardiff Council: Libraries Management

Furniture suppliers

Demco Interiors

Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 15

Seats/study places