Stratford Library 02

The 'Red Wall'

Stratford Library 01

Study and ICT area

Stratford Library 04

Sight and Sound area

Stratford Library 03

General view



Designed specifically to provide a dramatic, exciting and positive space, by using strong bold colours and quality design in furniture and fittings.

Part of a larger development which includes a Safeway's and an Ibis Hotel. The development makes use of brick and reconstituted stone work, on a steel frame. The exterior area is pedestrianised, with trees, historic and modern public art and monuments.

Interior design was by Faulkner Browns who used colour and layout to delineate areas and making use of features more usually found in retail outlets.

Also houses the Borough's Archive and Local Studies Library.


Winner - Public Library Building Award 2001 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

District/area library


2000 m2




Miller Bourne Partnership

Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Meeting rooms, Retail outlets, Services to particular groups, Specialist subject collections

External features


Internal features


Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Furniture height

Interior designer

Faulkner Browns

Furniture suppliers


Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

Number of public computer terminals: 40

Seats/study places