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Western elevation

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video wall

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Oak staircase

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First floor with trees

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Children's Library

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Art Work



A three storey building with a structural concrete frame and cantilevered elevations of stone and glazed panels with interesting elevations that can be viewed from all sides so that in effect the library has no back. The library occupies 3 floors and the building is shared with the Registrar Office and also has a floor of office accommodation.

The Library is arranged around an atrium that turns round on itself with a feature 'ribbon' oak staircase that connects all library areas. Brightly coloured acoustic canopies define the enquiry desks on each floor.

Art by artist Gordon Young features 14 untreated oak trees placed around the library etched and sandblasted with quotes from favourite books using a variety of typographies to suit the content and type of quotation.

Mixed mode heating and ventilation system with electrically operated windows to provide natural ventilation. Pre- heated air is circulated through the floor voids and extracted via the atrium. A wind trough at the head of the atrium draws air upwards during hot weather boosting the natural ventilation rate. Floor plates are cantilevered to provide shading during summer months whilst allowing daylight in. Solar water heater and Bio mass boiler.

The library is Wifi enabled. There is a franchised coffee shop at the front of the library with seating spreading onto the south facing landscaped square. The 2nd floor features a 9 screen video wall

There is an exhibition room that can seat 60 people, a meetings facility with a kitchen area and an IT suite with 12 pc's.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Central/Main library/LRC


2557 m2




Penoyre & Prasad

Building contractor

BAM Construct UK Ltd

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, Meeting rooms, Open learning provision, Public address system

External features

Shared building, Building shape, Materials, Landscaping, Materials

Internal features

Design features, Structural

Energy efficiency

Control mechanisms, Heating, Lighting, Ventilation, Water use

Accessibility provision

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

Interior designer

Creative Devise

Furniture suppliers


Services and facilities suppliers

Axiell (formerly DS)

IT provision

Internet access, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 59

Seats/study places