Worcester's Library and History Centre Continues to Grab National Recognition 25.03.10

Worcester's Library and History Centre Continues to Grab National Recognition 25.03.10

Worcester’s unique new Library and History Centre has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards.

The joint initiative, being developed by Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester, has been shortlisted for Best Designed Project and for Best Local Government Project Team in the Public Private Finance awards.

The nominations recognise the high quality design of the new building and the successful partnership working between the University and the County Council.
The awards ceremony will take place in London on Thursday, May 13th, when the winners of each category will be announced.

Iain Paul, Design Manager for the project, said: "Everyone involved in the project is delighted and very proud that Worcester Library and History Centre has been short-listed for these awards.

"From the very beginning of the project, we were determined to create a multi-purpose building with an emphasis on an effective and sustainable design, built for the present day and the future, as well as on the fantastic services and support which will be available under one roof.

"We believe that by working together and combining the expertise and experience of the staff from both organisations, we can offer so much more to everyone who walks through the doors of the building."
A joint project team, with representatives from the County Council and University, formed in 2006 to develop the specification for the project and to work closely with the bidders on the scheme.

Forming a close partnership, the team have worked together with service users and the community to develop the ideas behind Worcester Library and History Centre, and thanks to the team's dedication to create a highly innovative and sustainable centre for all, the design of the building is world-class.

The building is one of a family of "green buildings" which are designed to create a low energy environment. Worcester Library and History Centre will use water from the river Severn to assist cooling in conjunction with a natural ventilation system that draws air through the seven roof cones. The building will also maximise the use of recycled materials.

The design recognises the importance of space, with a variety of large areas in the building, from the spacious children's library, which will be the size of a small primary school, to the meeting rooms which can be used for multiple purposes, and the quiet study zones located on the top floor to enable learning.

All of the areas combine to create an overall space to fit the needs of everybody, whether they are a family or an individual; someone coming in to find a place to study or to pick out their favourite book; to enquire about their council services or research into their family history.
The project has already received the international Bentley Be Inspired Innovation in Generative Design award for architectural firm Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio's innovative work in developing and using state-of-the-art software to influence the design of the building.

The building is currently under construction by Galliford Try and will open in 2012. For more information on the project, and to track the work on site, please visit www.wlhc.org.uk


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