This new public library is the result of an imaginative public/ private partnership.
As part of a programme for new libraries, that included the award winning Bournemouth Library (a controversial PFI scheme), the local authority teamed up with a local housing association to run a CABE sponsored design competition. The brief was to replace the outdated library in Boscombe. The flats above the library 'cross-funded' the scheme and established a much needed 24/7 presence on the site.
We won the competition in 2002 and worked with the East Dorset Housing Association (part of Synergy Housing Group) to design and oversee the construction of a social housing scheme above an independent library space.
The library has recently won a series of awards for its involvement with Public Art and has become a very popular destination for wider community events.
As a parallel study, we were commissioned by Bournemouth Council to develop a masterplan for the area to reduce the impact of car parking behind the High Street and introduce new pedestrian routes, creating planning guidance for a series of development sites around the new library.