West Library

Client: 
Islington Play Association
Date: 
2000
Project Stage: 
Feasibility

The West Library is a Grade II listed building designed by the renowned Edwardian architect, Arthur Beresford Pite. The building contains one of the first purpose built Children's Libraries. Through consultation with numerous user groups, the Feasibility Study explored the retention of the building as a community resource.
A principal aim of the study was to establish a method of ensuring the building was fully accessible and that a coherent conservation strategy was adopted. The study proposed a number of interventions to revitalize the building, including a new landscape to the front of the Library, the insertion of a lift within a new copper clad structure, the insertion of a glass platform lift to the entrance hall, a new I.T. room, and a "dream cloud" reading area in the Children's Library