The Rosendale Primary School Library Bus was announced as the winner of the SLA Library Design Award 2011, sponsored by Demco Interiors. Runners up were (in alphabetical order) The Elms School, Long Eaton and St John’s School Marlborough.
The winning library was announced in conjunction with the SLA School Librarian of the Year Award at the School Libraries Celebration Day, held at The Mermaid Centre, London and organised by The School Library Association.
Main image Rosendale Primary School (from left to right): James Smith (Architect), Rachel Bannermann (Garden Designer), Andy Parker (Director Sales & Marketing, Demco), Kate Gorely (Design and Project Co-ordinator), Neil Hopkin, Executive Head Teacher
Representatives from the three shortlisted school libraries attended the Awards and each made their own presentation before the winner was announced and presented with their prize by distinguished author Kevin Crossley-Holland.
Neil Hopkin, Executive headteacher, Rosendale Primary School response to winning the award: “It’s fantastic, just fantastic for the school, it’s an accolade that will just add further value to the children in terms of their enthusiasm for reading and pride in what’s been achieved in their community”. He added: “.. the message is, don’t let money be a barrier to ambition, with the right kind of people and the commitment you can engage children in reading and a love of reading”.
Kate Gorely, Design and Project co-ordinator, Rosendale Primary School followed on: “I want to thank everyone involved for all their time. The Bus has been so successful, the children just love it. I want to take it to other schools to tell them about it and how successful the idea has been.”
During his speech Andy Parker, Director Sales and Marketing, Demco Interiors said: “…. A physical space has the potential to attract, inspire and support us in our activities. We all know how we feel when we are in a space that does that. A school library is a fantastic example of this; a combination of all aspects that come together to create a great design from space planning, to materials, to use of colour can have a huge influence on the success of a school library. At a time when libraries are under significant scrutiny and are evolving at such a fast space we are delighted to be involved with the School Library Association to play just a small part in supporting the school library through our sponsorship of the Award. Congratulations to the Rosendale Primary School team for their winning school library and thanks to the SLA, the judges and of course all the libraries for having contributed and to making today so rewarding. Good school library design is very close to our heart and therefore we look forward to our continued sponsorship of the award in 2012. “
The finalists were selected by a judging panel after an in-depth assessment of all the outstanding submissions across a set of design guidelines including innovation , creativity and resourcefulness, followed by visits to all the shortlisted schools and interviews with the school librarians. Citations and images for each of three finalists can be found at www.sla.org.uk/ .