Worcestershire's "flagship" library. Building site was constrained by a boundary wall, which the architect overcame with an imaginative atrium design. Brick-clad exterior to echo a design feature of the old building and to match surrounding buildings. The atrium is a key design feature from the point of view of lighting, ambience and accessibility, with public artwork, display cabinets and exhibition boards. Accessibility features include tactile signs. A Council shop provides the public with direct access to all District and County Council services. Building designed to by energy efficient and environmentally friendly with full insulation and natural ventilation.
Winner - Public Library Building Award 1999 for the best new public library in the United Kingdom and Ireland, in the large new library category.
Type of library
Medium sized town library
Features and services
Exhibition/display areas, Hosting of other agencies, Meeting rooms
Art works, Nature of site
Health and safety provision
Access within building, Assistive technology, Emergency features, Furniture height, Parking, Signage / guiding
Services and facilities suppliers