The project involved external and internal works to improve the building’s facilities and appearance, and to provide more space for the library’s visitors.
New partitions were installed to adapt the layout, and a lift installed to the first floor, following structural alterations to the existing staircase. The library also benefits from new carpets, decoration and furniture as well as upgraded IT infrastructure.
Externally, we replaced the roof and windows, improving aesthetics and making the building more thermally efficient. As part of our Contractor’s Design Portion, we were responsible for the design and installation of the stairs, ramp and roof. We worked closely with our specialist structural engineer to review and issue design drawings for Building Control approval.
In line with our commitment to net zero carbon by 2050, we implemented sustainable activities on site. For example, parking was not permitted and the site manager as well as most staff used public transport to arrive to site. Separate skips were also used on site for the segregation and recycling of materials. To encourage sustainability, we also agreed with our Client to refurbish and re-use the existing external handrails, instead of buying new.
David Lott, Contracts Manager, said: “Our specialist experience of refurbishing public buildings has enabled this refurbishment to be delivered quickly and efficiently. The Council’s investment has significantly enhanced the environment and facilities for both the public and staff.”