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Clapton Library South elevation - Shepheard Epstein Hunter

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Clapton Library section through all floors- Shepheard Epstein Hunter

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Clapton Library view from behind - Shepheard Epstein Hunter

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Clapton Library - view from above - Shepheard Epstein Hunter

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Clapton Library South East perspective - Shepheard Epstein Hunter



The extension, alteration and refurbishment of this grade II listed building originally designed by Edwin Cooper will include a new extension and improvement works which will revive many of the original qualities which have been lost over the years through the addition of ceilings and other gradual changes. Functionality, environmental performance, and the appearance of the existing building will be improved.

When the library reopens in Spring 2010, the building will be approximately one third bigger than at present and will include dedicated study and IT areas, a space for teenagers and a meeting room available for hire. The library will be fully accessible, and toilets and baby changing facilities will be provided.

Working with Shepheard Epstein Hunter, a large architectural practice with extensive experience of library design, Hackney council will be restoring the grade II listed building to reveal many historical features which have been hidden for over thirty years, whilst offering 21st century facilities. A single storey structure to the east of the existing library, formerly used as a battery room in the days when Hackney Council generated its own power, will be incorporated into the library. A sensitively designed extension will be constructed above the battery room, and the whole site will incorporate energy savings features.

When the library reopens, it will incorporate an improved range of books, CD and DVDs. Customers will have the choice of issuing and returning stock themselves, rather than queuing for the counter, and there will be an exciting range of events and exhibitions.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Small community library


880 m2




Shepheard Epstein Hunter

Building contractor


The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special Services

Baby changing facilities, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Meeting rooms, Services to particular groups, Services to particular groups

External features

Nature of site, Building shape

Internal features

Design features, Health and safety provision, Security, Staff accommodation/facilities, Structural

Energy efficiency

Energy conservation, General

Accessibility provision

Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Equipment controls: location

Interior designer


Furniture suppliers

Demco Interiors

Services and facilities suppliers


IT provision

General, Internet access, Public access terminals, Self service circulation

Seats/study places