Derbyshire County Council Library Service decided to vacate the existing library in Victoria Hall and construct a new build library as an extension to the adjacent Grade II listed Adult Education Centre. Victoria Hall required major refurbishment works to make it fit for purpose and the council therefore decided to build a replacement library which would also have disabled access.
Our multi-disciplinary team were appointed to see the project through from feasibility to practical completion. Alongside the new build two storey building, we refurbished part of the Adult Education Centre to become part of the library (including an accessible shared entrance) and provided a replacement nursery.
In response to the conservation area, the new building was set back from the street to minimise visual impact. Further actions we took to reduce the impact on the setting included keeping the extension to a smaller scale than the original listed building and using local dressed Ashlar stone to compliment the surroundings. Value engineering the stonework resulted in cost savings for the client. A small curtain walled link joins the two buildings. This link breaks down the mass of the buildings and enables light to enter the ground and first floor spaces.
A consultation event was held in the original library building to enable us to discuss any concerns the local community had and explain the benefits of the new building. We also assisted with signage, temporary stairs and pathways to limit the impact on the adjoining building user.
The new library provides an improved, accessible community facility which meets the needs of the local community and compliments the Adult Education Centre.