Community

Brixworth Library and Community Centre

Northampton

Awarded: Best New Small Library, CILIP Public Library Awards, 2001 Awarded: Access for Disabled People ADPT Trust Award, 2001

A new building, bringing together the facilities from the old temporary library and local community organisations. The project, funded by a local charitable trust, aimed to create a contemporary public building that would serve the local community and extend facilities to the out lying villages. Accommodation includes a library, meeting rooms, function hall, café, district council offices and a learning resource center for local schools.

 

Client
Northamptonshire County Council

Value
£1m (2000)

Gross Area
800m2

Building Contract
JCT Intermediate Building Contract

Role
Lead Consultant, Contract Administrator, Architect RIBA Work Stage 1 > 6


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The building creates a strong public focus as a contemporary intervention with traditional references in terms of form and materials. A key feature of the design was to maximize the use of natural resources in order to create optimum use of natural daylight and ventilation to reduce cost in use, simplify operation and provide a comfortable working environment.