New internal images of the proposed new Central Library have been unveiled by Nottingham City Council.
The plans for the library reveal the layout and design of the new library, designed by Faulkner Browns. The designs show a brighter and welcoming space with new areas to network and relax, along with fun spaces for children.
The Library is to be a network of connected spaces for meetings, collaboration and concentration, supported by multi-media resources, including books, journals and IT. Split into zones, an entrance area including a café leads to a children’s section providing spaces for story time, a play cave area for children to explore, a creative wall and a science and creativity zone.
Creative booths and study areas will allow young adults the space to enjoy the library in their own space without children.
Upstairs areas will provide quiet spaces for reading, study and relaxation. The second floor will contain adult non-fiction and the Careers and Business Development Zone, with the spaces separated to achieve a higher level of focus for users.
The new library is also set to feature virtual immersive headsets, sound tubes, story-telling studios, sensory rooms and touch screens. There will be new spaces specifically designed and developed to inspire creativity, such as digital labs, virtual studios and a tailored children and youth creative zone.
The new Central Library will face on to a new public realm, the new retail and leisure venue at intu Broadmarsh and be a short walk from both Nottingham College’s new City Hub and the redeveloped Nottingham Castle.
Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: “These designs show our dedication to our Local Plan pledge of creating a new Central Library and the best children’s library in the country. With the opportunity to work within a new space and reimagined Broadmarsh area, we could start from scratch with what our library users want and build up from there.
“As a result, we’ve got some fantastic designs that use the space very well and will suit the modern library visitor. The Library will be at the heart of the new Broadmarsh area as our residents’ feedback on what they wanted from a library have been at the heart of our design process – we think we have something that will be a brilliant addition to the city and a fantastic space for children to learn.
“As a council, we are committed to investing in all of our libraries across the city where others have closed theirs as we understand their vital role in helping children learn, as community spaces and hubs of activity. We know how much people value their libraries and are pleased to be able to bring these designs to the public.”