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Located in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle City Library serves the region as the biggest public library between Leeds and Edinburgh. Newcastle City Library formed part of the £40m Newcastle Libraries Private Finance Initiative (PFI); one of the largest library PFI projects undertaken in the UK.

Works consisted of the demolition of the existing library and design and build of a BREEAM ‘Very Good’, six storey public building. The library has since become a civic landmark and a community meeting place, accommodating a range of facilities,including a cafe, crèche as well as an abundance of public meeting, performance and exhibition spaces. The full fit-out of the library provided a turn-key solution for the client.

With the use of contemporary building materials and careful planning, the overall design, featuring a mainly transparent building, is clean and modern; whilst the library still asserts its civic stature and cultural context. The result was a doubling in visitors and a library that has been awarded both the Public Library Building Award and the Newcastle City Council Lord Mayors Design Award.

The Newcastle City Library demonstrates Tolent’s ability to design & deliver an iconic public building; implementing an innovative foundation solution whilst ensuring the turn key solution was delivered on budget & on time.


Newcastle upon Tyne






91,500 sq ft


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