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					Inspiring Public Spaces
The 2007 Public Library Buildings Awards UK & Republic of Ireland

PLA conference, 10 October, 2007

The Awards

 The Awards recognise achievement in the period 1 January 2005 – 31 March 2007 33 libraries entered 16 libraries longlisted 8 libraries shortlisted  The Sponsors 3M DEMCO Interiors BBC

Judging
Key changes and innovations Authorities proud of building(s) Relationship between design team, library staff and the public service Impact on the public, staff and services Functionality and delivery

Judging Panel
 Norma McDermott  Adrienne Adair  Angie Weatherhead  Julie Griffiths  Sean Phillips  Stephen Hetherington  Peter Maxwell  Jo McCausland

Categories
Architecture Meets Practicality Heart of the Community Interior Design Partnership Special Awards Mary Finch Accessibility Award Delegates Choice

Longlisted libraries
 Felixstowe, Suffolk  Cavan  Prestonpans, East Lothian  The Mitchell, Glasgow  Handsworth, Birmingham  North City, Manchester  Tory Top, Cork City  East City Library, Openshaw

Longlisted libraries
 Bishopstown, Cork City  The Hook Library, Kingston-Upon Thames  Lewes, East Sussex  Library at the Bridge, Glasgow  Thurles, Co. Tipperary  Kilburn, Camden  Barry, The Vale of Glamorgan  Sighthill, Edinburgh

What do the buildings offer?
Concept Design Detail Public library

Inspiring Space
Contemporary feel Function and form Balance Delivery of content Bringing the outside in Patterns of use

Solutions
Connected services Clear library zones Uniting the outside with the inside Controlled use of colour and features

Welcome
Libraries enabling people Landing pad - assessing possibilities Choosing their way Exciting Layout and follow through Valuing children and young people Grown up environments Reflecting the new library offer

Trends
Personalised services Integration and connected approach Culture, information, learning and leisure Café, wifi, theatre bar, swimming pool linkages Library staff developing skills to maximise the opportunities the building lends

Setting a tone
Creating relaxing and reflective internal and external arrangements Light and impact Small zones Details Originality Vitality v Reflection

User Impact
Use of furniture Curved/staggered shelving Quick getaway Chill-out zones Traditional areas Multimedia material Wifi

Tone
Signage/guiding for intercultural usage Inclusive message Safe place to stay - a ‘cool’ place to hang out for teenagers Relevant services/furniture/civic atmosphere, etc. Libraries and your aspirations Flexible connected/separate patterns

Inclusive environments
Designed for all Access for all DDA/Barcelona Declaration Inclusive not obvious An equal welcome

Value for money
High quality design Mix of design led and standard Smart retail feel alongside traditional Innovative twists –hot desking/small pods/use of glass to hide clutter behind issue desk or self-service points

Durability
Ease of Maintenance: Natural Stone, Wood, Industrial Materials Green/sustainable focus Spacious layout

Community engagement
Relaxing space to be, to do A representative, local civic space Dedicated spaces for activities/age groups Future proofing: flexibility, sliding soundproofed screens, open/ modular spaces Smaller service points throughout Justifying the expanded space

Sustainability
Materials Elements of construction Sustainability Innovative materials

X Factor
Wow a great library : WHY?...a surprise Atmosphere Attention to detail Quality public space/connecting people Flow – to a destination. A library worthy of the public Heightened experience

8 shortlisted libraries
Johnston Central Library and Farnham Centre, Cavan – Cavan Co Council Prestonpans Library – East Lothian - East Lothian Library Services The Mitchell Library, Glasgow – Glasgow City Council  Handsworth Library, Birmingham – Birmingham City Council

8 shortlisted libraries
Lewes Library and Information Centre, Lewes – East Sussex County Council Library at the Bridge, Glasgow – Glasgow City Council Thurles Library, Thurles – County Tipperary Joint Libraries Committee The Hook Library and The Hook Centre, Kingston upon Thames

Awards presentation
Awards presentation will take place this evening before the awards dinner


				
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