Demco Interiors Wins New Library Contract
Milton Keynes Council has awarded Demco Interiors the contract to design, supply and install furnishings and internal signage for the new build Kingston Library.
The award win was part of a competitive tender and Demco were awarded the contract on the basis of their design and competitive costing.
Paul Sanders, Assistant Director Community Facilities said: ” We are looking forward to working with Demco to create an exciting and attractive new library for residents of Milton Keynes to enjoy”.
The new library is part of an expansion of the Kingston area which is located between two M1 junctions and is set to become a vibrant area of housing, shops and restaurants. The area will give residents the chance to shop, eat and visit the library all in one location.
The design and furnishings specification was developed after a series of consultation workshops with existing and target audiences across a range of demographics.
Demco is working with the library team to develop a modern, light and welcoming open plan interior which reflects the high design credentials of the big retail brands located nearby. As well as pleasing existing library users with its modern, easy to use space, the inside is designed to attract new users who visit the area to shop. Young families are a high demographic for this expanding area, so the library design has a strong family and teen focus with stylish furnishings, retail look shelving display and a mix of relaxed seating and study areas.
A fun feature in the children’s area is Demco’s popular tiered amphitheatre style seating for storytelling time with a scribble wall for post its, scribbles and artwork. Traditional fixed desktop PC’s have been replaced by funky, ipad bounce pads.
The layout of the stylish curved, pale grey shelving creates subtle, user friendly zones for young people, families, groups and businesses. There will be something new to discover in each area, making the space seem larger than it actually is. Plus, the library design has built in flexibility to host a whole range of activities to create a leisure / lifestyle destination for all ages and interests.
End panel graphics and internal signage will be produced by Demco and local award winning glass artist Claudia Phipps, has created designs for the glass screens around the meeting pod in the new library building.
Located in just one small part of the fastest growing town in Europe, the Kingston library is set to be one big part of local lifestyles. The library is due to open in early 2015.
23 July 2014
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