The new Nottingham Central Library is one step closer to opening its doors following the completion of a stunning interior fit out and refurbishment by Morgan Sindall Construction and sister company Overbury.
Putting children and young people at the heart of its design, the new library includes an immersive storytelling wall and different creative zones for a range of ages. The dynamic space also features an events area that forms part of the foyer and public café, art displays, a gaming area for teenagers, a dedicated children’s library, a teaching area, and a bookable 100-person meeting space. Owned by Nottingham City Council, the library will officially open to the public on 28th November 2023.
The library marked the first major project that Overbury procured via SCAPE - a direct award framework designed to drive collaboration, efficiency, time, and cost savings on construction projects - following Morgan Sindall’s appointment on the National Construction framework. This led to a large focus on building back into the city by allocating project spend with local Nottinghamshire businesses and the wider Midlands region.
Working to set KPIs with Morgan Sindall and SCAPE Consultancy, the project delivered over £2m in social value, with more than 60% of spend achieved with local SMEs, as well as over £62k through non-profit organisations.
Andrew Wood, Managing Director at Overbury, said:
Libraries are an important part of local communities and can be a vital lifeline for many people. This building will play a big part in the future of the city as it undergoes large-scale transformation, and it’s been exciting to see the new library take shape and the interiors have really made the building come alive.
It’s also important to ensure the library is a welcoming environment for children and young people to help inspire a love of reading and books in our future generations. The space has been designed with them in mind and has been brought to fruition with the help of several local businesses and charitable organisations, delivering real value to the local area.”
The library marks a further step in Nottingham City Council’s ambitious plans to create a modern and dynamic library at the centre of the multi-million-pound Broad Marsh regeneration area. It is a key element of the city’s Southside regeneration area and plans include a new ‘green heart’ on the former Broad Marsh site and a green infrastructure network linking Nottingham Castle to the Island Quarter regeneration site.
Cllr Pavlos Kotsonis, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said:
The library is looking fantastic, and we are excited to open the doors the public in November. We have worked hard with construction partners like Overbury to create a state-of- the art facility. It is a library that residents and visitors of all ages will love, but especially children who will be able to enjoy a fantastic collection of books, an immersive audio-visual story telling room and plenty of spaces to enjoy reading and take part in fun activities."
Morgan Sindall and Overbury collaborated with leading multi-disciplinary consultancy Pick Everard, acclaimed architects FaulknerBrowns, and M&E consultancy Chord to create the library, which spans three levels, with glass balustrades and a suspended staircase linking two floors.
Rob Cant, SCAPE Framework Director at Morgan Sindall Construction, said:
Working with Overbury to deliver the project through the SCAPE framework allowed us to demonstrate our group capability, and means we can collectively strive to transform local communities and leave meaningful and lasting legacies behind. This new Central Library is a perfect example of us working together to achieve exactly that, and we can’t wait to open its doors and for it to become a cornerstone of the community.
It was also a privilege to give back to the city by working with local SMEs and supporting community initiatives to further benefit the area. The library is a truly modern, dynamic space and is something we hope the young people of today and tomorrow will enjoy for years to come."
Mark Robinson, Group Chief Executive at SCAPE said:
Through SCAPE, the new library will be delivered with speed, efficiency, and value for money, and will ensure that a positive, sustainable legacy is created through Morgan Sindall’s ongoing social value initiatives and community engagement.
Nottingham City Council’s plan for regenerating the wider Broad Marsh area is redefining how public facilities can be integrated into modern spaces, to meet the needs of a changing community, and each project within this is vital to help the city become carbon neutral by 2028.”
The project has prioritised cost-effective, modern techniques and the designs - taking inspiration from Nottingham's lace-making heritage - utilising carefully selected materials, such as timber for a natural aesthetic and improved sustainability.
Oliver Hatton, Director at Pick Everard, said:
We’re proud of how our close collaboration across the range of management, design and consultative services has resulted in delivering a valued space for the local community, underpinning our ethos of delivering better, together. The work has been carried out to an extremely high standard - building on the achievements of the wider Broad Marsh bus station and car park development - and we’ve no doubt the public will be delighted with the finished product.
We’re now looking to forward to the ongoing work in the wider regeneration zone, which will continue to transform the largest development space in any core city in Europe.”
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