A moat, a meadow and a multi use community building
Demco Interiors completes another successful library project
The new community building, The Forum, at the heart of Towcester, Northamptonshire is now open and home to South Northants District Council and Northamptonshire’s County Council’s Library Plus and Registrar (registration office for births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships). It will also be a hub for community groups, residents, visitors and tourists. The Forum is part of a wider regeneration project which is ideally located overlooking a beautiful rural location.
Peter Mawson, Chief Executive of West Northamptonshire Development Corporation said: ÔÇ£There are few parts of the country with economic prospects as strong as Towcester’s. By investing in the Moat Lane scheme, we’re aiming to ensure it can capitalise on these strengths and boast a town centre that is fit for the future. Crucially, with Bury Mount and the Watermeadows at the heart of the development, Towcester’s rich heritage will be celebrated and respected.ÔÇØ
Demco Interiors was the consultant for the design and specification at the start of the project and was subsequently nominated as FF&E contractor for the new Library Plus and registration services.
The library has a 580 sq m footprint and seamlessly blends with council services and offices through a design led atrium, using crossover items such as glass display units and book stands. The library space is discretely divided into zones using subtle colour theming; the children’s area using a pink colour theme and then transitioning further into the space with LibraryPlus greens and purples . Careful thought has gone into the colour theme with the canal facing end of the library and The Meadows, adult learning rooms with a fabulous outlook over trees, meadows and canals, complemented by a green theme.
A standout feature and an on trend concept for library spaces is the White Wall. The stylish, white, concealed storage walls, were designed and manufactured by Demco. The high gloss, white pops with brightness and the finish can also be used as a whiteboard for displaying messages, posters, artworks etc. The flush magnetic doors form a clean line and complement the handle free, surface clear, clutter free, whole library interior of white shelving, white counter and white display elements. As well as shelves and cupboards the White Wall conceals a mini kitchenette for quick clean ups, kids water play or a cup of tea!
Pockets of space are used for soft seating and soft spots so that visitors can do their own ÔÇÿnesting’. The fabrics used throughout are actually anti bacterial, wipe clean vinyl but with the look, feel, colour and design of fabric. Although there is a lot included in the space the clever design always makes it feel spacious and light with places to discover throughout the library.
Robyn, Principal librarian said: ÔÇ£The Demco design team have been fantastic. We’ve worked closely with them for a couple of year; I shall never forget one cold, dark wintery evening sitting with them as we went through all the fabrics and discussed at length (no pun!) how we would use them in the new space. From that came the idea of developing the fabric design style onto the end panel, pod and meeting room graphics.ÔÇØ
The hireable pods, with flexible furniture to accommodate different groups, will be used by the local CAB, for internal meetings, by the public, community groups, and there is an open building feeling at The Forum with Council services ready to book their pod for their own meetings and public consultations. The light and airy Watermeadow rooms are venues for Adult Learning for the Towcester area and already dress making, sign language, digital photography classes are up and running.
Northamptonshire Library Services are commissioned to deliver Universal (and targeted) Children’s Services for the County and as part of this one third of the library space is designated as children’s space. This spacious area is designed using a mix of standard furnishings from the Demco range with some bespoke elements such as the mini sized IT furnishings.
Robyn Davison, Principal Librarian (West Area) adds: ÔÇ£We we lucky enough to be able to invest in a lot of new stock for the library, so creative design and space planning was crucial to accommodate the shelving and all the other features we wanted. We had a small, highly committed project delivery team that allowed us to stay focussed and enthusiastic over a long period of planning and installation. I’ve always said that we wanted the WOW factor and that is exactly what the team has delivered. I couldn’t be more delighted and judging by the feedback we have had so far, nor could the public!ÔÇØ.
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30 April 2015
Notes to Editors:
Towcester Regeneration Limited (TRL) is a partnership between Morgan Sindall Investments Limited and South Northants Council for the regeneration of the historic Moat Lane area of Towcester town centre and the delivery of a new Civic building (plus ancillary facilities) forthe Council.
Towcesteris challenging as an aspect of the site has ascheduled ancient monument. This meant that care had to be taken when designing the scheme, and contractors work closely with English Heritage to ensure the masterplan and detailed design where sympathetic to their surroundings.
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