The library is the first major fit out project that Overbury has procured through SCAPE – one of the UK’s leading public sector procurement authorities – following Morgan Sindall Construction’s appointment to the SCAPE national framework last year

Working together with acclaimed architects FaulknerBrowns, Overbury will transform the new Central Library shell into three modern levels, split into creative zones. The project has prioritised cost-effective modern design and specification with bespoke feature joinery and ceilings, which take inspiration from Nottingham's lace making heritage. FaulknerBrowns’ outstanding design also utilises carefully selected materials, including timber for a natural aesthetic and improved sustainability.

The new library will feature an extensive book collection, a high-quality children’s library with an immersive story telling room and comfortable areas to sit and read. Other amenities include a cafe and ground floor reception area which can be converted into a performance space, a learning lab for activities and school class visits, meeting rooms, exhibition space and creative design areas.

With a focus on social value, Overbury has committed to ‘building back’ into the city by allocating 40 per cent of its project spend with local Nottinghamshire businesses and 70 per cent within the Midlands region. Furthermore, one per cent of spend will be with not-for-profit local enterprises. Overbury’s in-house carbon calculation tool ‘CarboniCa’ will measure the whole life carbon emissions of the project.

This next phase of the project will see Overbury working alongside Nottingham City Council’s chosen project manager, Pick Everard. The library will then open to the public in the Summer 2023.

"We are looking forward to working with Overbury to transform the interior of the Central Library to see our vision for a modern library come to life. The bright state-of-the-art facility will include a fantastic children’s library and some great features, and we are excited to see the work progress towards creating a fantastic facility for everyone to use and enjoy."

Councillor Pavlos Kotsonis, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Planning at Nottingham City Council