Nottingham's new public focal point

Nottingham City Council embarked on a transformative initiative to create a new Central Library that would not only serve the local community but also attract visitors from afar.

Project partners

  • Pick Everard
  • Chord Consult
  • Faulkner Brown Architects
  • Desco
"The team on this project were absolutely first class"

Clive Williams, Nottingham City Council

Key features

  • Scape framework

Nottingham City Council's goal was to establish the library as a vibrant city destination and a central hub for diverse arts, cultural and community services, adaptable to evolving the needs of its users. As part of the Scape framework, the City Council enlisted Overbury to complete the vision.

Suited to all

The Cat B fit out involved a complete evolution from the original three floors of shell and core. With raised floors, new ceilings and partitioning, the library now features a variety of specialised spaces ranging from collaborative, sound proofed rooms to quiet corners for children to read books. We also delivered back-of-house administrative spaces to ensure functionality and retreat for staff.

The design of the Central Library prioritises a welcoming, customer-focused experience, emphasising equality of access and a commitment to excellence. Notable features include a striking floating staircase with timber cladding and a frameless glass balustrade. Additionally, a dedicated children's reading area incorporates elements like trees and illuminated hanging letters to create an environment that promotes learning, innovation and knowledge sharing.

Turning pages and building bridges

A key aim for the project was ensuring that the local area gained additional value, which we achieved through half of all spending being with local firms, and all spending being with SMEs. We also worked with social enterprises and created approximately £2.4m in social value. The project also enabled us to establish charitable partnerships with Switch Up and Encore Environment.

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