William Birch was awarded the complete refurbishment and fit-out of the Grade II listed Carnegie Library in Harrogate for North Yorkshire County Council to provide a ground-breaking centre of excellence, providing library and information services.
Retaining and protecting the historic features of the library was paramount, whilst providing a modern and flexible library service to local users. The state of the art library has undergone a complete transformation with money from the Big Lottery Fund and North Yorkshire County Council.
The project was developed under a two-stage tender process and we hosted a project workshop to
ensure the Council’s key deliverables were fully understood and prioritised. Transparency of the costs were maintained during the project which gave the client confidence to seek further funding to enhance the scope of work.
The refurbishment of this grade II listed building involved a site location immediately bounded on all four sides by two busy town centre roads, an adjacent building and town centre gardens. This imposed clear logistical challenges for our site team to receive and despatch deliveries and also position large items of equipment within the site curtilage in order to effectively and safely undertake key elements of work. These challenges were overcome by utilising specialist equipment such as a self-erecting man-operated static crane; timed deliveries for large vehicles; careful pre-planning of sequences of work to mitigate the hazards caused by the confined site; road closures and out of hours working.