Design company appointed for new Central Library


We’ve appointed the interior design company that will fit out the city’s new Central Library.

thedesignconcept has extensive experience in designing libraries in the UK and in Europe, with Greenwich Public Library, St Patrick’s College Library in Dublin and the library at Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark among its recent projects.

Awarding the contract is the latest step towards creating a modern and flexible library space in the heart of Plymouth’s city centre. Work to refurbish vacant units on the corner of Armada Way and Mayflower Street began earlier this month and the new library is due to open in the spring.

Councillor Jon Taylor, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Transformation said: “We’ve been working with library staff, customers and local organisations to refine our initial plans and we’re looking forward to seeing how thedesignconcept interprets these ideas to provide a library fit for the 21st century.

“People told us they wanted a more exciting library offer for Plymouth and this innovative and dynamic company will help us create a welcoming and vibrant space.

“During the consultation we were asked for a café and some outside space, so we’re providing a café on the first floor and we’re using the vacant car park next door to create a roof terrace with views over the city centre.

“We’ve added an extra entrance on Mayflower Street to provide easy access and increased the amount of study space available. The whole building will be accessible to anyone in a wheelchair and will have plenty of toilets.”

Daniela Hislop, Sales Director at thedesignconcept said: “We are delighted to have been selected to work on this exciting project! The client brief is full of vision and encouraged fresh ideas and forward thinking interpretation. This is a project we particularly wanted to be involved in and we are working hard with the team at Plymouth City Council to deliver a Central Library that becomes a focal point and a go-to destination for all the residents of the city.”

thedesignconcept is now working with the project team, Claremont Interiors (who are refurbishing the building) and library staff to finalise the internal layout and design.

As well as books, DVDs, free computer access and Wi-Fi, the new library will have meeting rooms, comfortable seating areas and a digital and training suite. It will replace the current library in Drake Circus and help to make way for the £32 million History Centre, which is due to open in 2020.