This grade II listed building was built in 1896 as a public library. Much of the beautiful architecture had been covered by 1970's partitioning and a suspended ceiling.
Our client acquired the building with the intention of developing it into a business centre. The timescales of the development were challenging due to the client's funding arrangements. The development had to be sympathetic to the special architectural features but also commercially viable.
We designed a scheme and negotiated it through the Listed Building process. The end result was an increase in the commercial office floor space, which was achieved by a new ''H shape'' mezzanine floor. Our design also included a unique ''S shape'' stairs, office pod and underfloor heating. The false ceiling and partitions were removed, bringing the building back to its ''former glory''. We guided our client through many programming and technical issues and the project was delivered within the critical timescales and budget.