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- Begun: Sep 2002
- Completed: 2004
- Floor area: 6,500m2
- Sectors: Civic, Arts and culture
- Total cost: £8.1M
- Tender date: Jul 2000
- Procurement: PFI/ Design and build
- Address: Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1GE, United Kingdom
- Architect: Bennetts Associates, LCE Architects
- Client: Brighton and Hove City Council
- Project manager: Gleeds
- Acoustic consultant: WSP Acoustics
- Access consultant: All Clear Designs
- Air leakage: Building Sciences
- Building control: Rexon Day
- Main contractor: ROK
- Artist: Kate Malone
- Artist: Georgia Russell
- Interior design: Demco Interiors
- Services engineer: Fulcrum Consulting
- Structural engineer: SKM Anthony Hunts
- Civil engineer: SKM Anthony Hunts
- Landscape architect: Land Use Consultants
A public library that acts as the centrepiece of a regeneration scheme of the North Laines area, Brighton
The library occupies two sides of a new city square and is the centrepiece of the regeneration of North Laines in Brighton. It is a PFI project comprising the new public library, a hotel, a residential development, offices, retail and restaurants. The masterplan is based on a new public square and reinstatement of the original street pattern.
The four-storey main facade of the library that faces onto the new public square is glazed, while the other elevations are finished in hand-made glazed tiles coloured deep blue.
The library has a formal plan, with ancillary spaces arranged around three sides of a main central hall, which accommodates most of the bookstacks and reading areas. Bridges link the rest of the building to this central hall. The essentially symmetrical plan is offset by the entrance lobby which lies to one side of the main facade, and a small cafe block which completes another side of the public square. There are three wind towers on the roof.