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.
Type of library
Small community library
Shepheard Epstein Hunter
Features and services
Baby changing facilities, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Meeting rooms, Services to particular groups, Services to particular groups
Nature of site, Building shape
Design features, Health and safety provision, Security, Staff accommodation/facilities, Structural
Energy conservation, General
Access between floors, Access to building, Access within building, Equipment controls: location
Services and facilities suppliers
General, Internet access, Public access terminals, Self service circulation