After fours years of planning the UNESCO World Hertiage site library will be undergoing the biggest redevelopment in the UK

Liverpool library renovation
Liverpool library renovation

The 150-year-old Liverpool Central Library will be undergoing renovations worth £50m from this autumn.

Plans for the library’s renovations have been in the pipeline for four years. The renovation is being hailed by the Liverpool Council as “the best news this year”.

The library, which lies within Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage site, will be worked on by Inspire Partnership, a joint venture between Amber Infrastructure and Shepherd Construction, with architects and landscape architects at Austin-Smith:Lord and Cofely as providers of facilities management services.

Naomi Burl, landscape architect at Austin-Smith:Lord, said: “We have proposed a dramatic entrance sequence, which will excite visitors and leave a unique and lasting impression, enhancing the library’s status as a cultural destination.”

Work will begin this autumn and will see the full restoration of the Grade II listed parts of the building, which date back to 1860. The famous Hornby Library and Oak Reading Rooms will also be fully open to the public for the first time.

The new Central Library is scheduled to reopen at the end of 2012.


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