Client

Kajima SPV

Sectors

Service

Overview

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.

Location

Newcastle upon Tyne

Value

£24.2m

Completion

2009

Size

91,500 sq ft

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