Library design has been and continues to be one of the cornerstones of the practice's workload. Our projects have influenced library design over five decades. We working closely with librarians and the Funding Council to establish space and quality standards which became accepted as norms in library design.
Our recent libraries projects respond to the changing demands of society and represent a step change in the development of public libraries in the UK. We have utilised our commercial experience to promote a new type of library, transforming it into a facility which meets the needs of our 21st century communities. Our projects at Walthamstow for the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Shepherds Bush, North Woolwich and Stratford Library which won the Best Public Library of the Year. Our library projects have received many accolades including six SCONUL (The Society of College, National and University Libraries) awards, two Civic Trust and four RIBA awards.
From our first public library in Newcastle in 1963 at Jesmond, now a Grade II listed building, to the work that we have undertaken for the London Boroughs in the 21st century, our research, studies and benchmarking have led to revolutionary designs which benefit from huge increases in visitor numbers.