School Library, Thomas's Clapham

Hugh Broughton Architects, London, 2014

 

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Refurbishment of an existing library

The original library consisted of a dark grey floor, painted concrete ceilings and black metal shelving, all factors that contributed to a condition where light levels were poor and atmosphere was non-existent. A dark, compressed box cluttered with desks, chairs and disparate items of furniture disguised the positive impressions usually associated with a functioning library.

The brief therefore stipulated that the new library should invert this situation to become a bright, dynamic learning space that captured the imagination of pupils, staff and parents. The client’s fundamental goal was to transform the existing facility into a state of the art, light-filled contemporary children’s library with inherent flexibility to respond to the needs of both current and future staff and pupils.

The architect's approach to the design of the new library was primarily defined by ideas and desires raised by the children and teachers in early client steering meetings. Both staff and pupils demonstrated the desire for a bright space containing comfortable seating and a variety of reading zones that could stimulate and encourage learning.

Data

  • Begun: Jul 2014
  • Completed: Sep 2014
  • Floor area: 155m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £199,236
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Apr 2014
  • Procurement: Traditional 2-stage tender
  • Address: Broomwood Road, Clapham, London, SW11 6JZ, United Kingdom

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