Haringey Council has appointed Diamond Build Group for the £1m refurbishment of Muswell Hill Library.

The six-month project will extend and upgrade the Grade II listed building, which is located on a main road in the heart of a shopping area.

A new steel-framed glazed structure will be constructed at the side of the library to provide an accessible entrance, including internal stairs and a platform lift. To accommodate the extension, the study area will be adapted and a new glazed screen, roof covering, and rainwater outlets installed.

Inside the library, Diamond Build Group will refurbish the ground and first floors, redecorating the space and installing new accessible toilets.

A mechanical and electrical package will also be delivered, including an overhaul of the library’s IT infrastructure.  The existing data cabling will be stripped out and replaced, and a new cable management system installed along with an IT equipment room. New CCTV cabling and containment adds to the solution.

David Lott, Senior Contracts Manager at Diamond Build Group, said: “The busy location of Muswell Hill Library makes this a logistically challenging refurbishment. We will be working closely with neighbouring businesses to make sure they are kept informed of our works and to minimise any possible disruption caused by noise or vibrations.

“We have upgraded several libraries in recent years, so understand the need to deliver the improvements as quickly and efficiently as possible. We are looking forward to providing a more accessible and attractive environment for the local community.”

The works form part of Haringey Council’s £4.9 million investment programme in libraries across the borough over four years.

Councillor Emily Arkell, Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Leisure, said: “In Haringey we know how important libraries are for our communities. These vital facilities are not just about books – they provide space for study, activities for families, places to meet, access to digital technology and so much more.

“We’re proud to be investing in our libraries across the borough, and I’m pleased that Muswell Hill is the latest one to undergo major improvements.  I look forward to seeing residents benefit from an even better and more accessible library when it reopens next year.”

Muswell Hill Library is the third to be refurbished by Diamond Build Group within the last 12 months. In 2022, the team completed upgrades to Alexandra Park Library and Wood Green Library.

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