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Brunswick Room - lecture hall and dance floor

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Detail of external first floor glazed corridor

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Local and Family History Library

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Staircase with restored original features

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Ground floor lending area

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Public access PCs

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Adult non-fiction area showing illuminated windows

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Young people's library

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Blackpool illumination!

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Main entrance



Carnegie library listed building. Modifications matched the building's fabric using traditional ashlar stone masonry techniques.

External landscaping outside cafe.

Stained glass windows designed by artist Nick Robertson with themes suggested by local people.

New extension includes replica porticos that match those of the original building.

Passive cooling system using existing ductworks, grills and airbricks with hidden fans. Refurbishment of windows and installation of rooflights.

Main entrance now incorporates a curved ramp to facilitate access with new secondary entrance for the cafe area.

External glazed corridors at first floor level to enable access to community rooms, Local and Family History Centre and staff areas.


Blackpool Civic Trust Best Refurbishment Award 2011

The Building

The Building

Type of library

Multi-purpose building


2216 m2




Bisset Adams

Building contractor

Carefoot PLC

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Baby changing facilities, Cafe/refreshment areas, Equipment provision, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Hosting of other agencies, Meeting rooms, Open learning provision, Services to particular groups, Specialist subject collections, Teaching rooms

External features

Art works, Materials, Landscaping, Materials

Internal features

Design features

Energy efficiency

Control mechanisms, Energy conservation, Heating, Lighting, Materials used, Ventilation

Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Assistive technology, Critical distances, Emergency features, Furniture height, Parking, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

Bisset Adams

Furniture suppliers

Bene, Casala, Magis, Modus, Naughtone, Orangebox

Services and facilities suppliers

Insight media (iCAM), Forbo, Desso, Delta, D-Tech International, Sirsidynix, Concord, Principle Graphics, Alto

IT provision

Electronic information displays, Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, Self service circulation, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 25

Seats/study places