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Bennetts to revamp Edinburgh Library

Bennetts Associates has been appointed to draw up a strategy for the major refurbishment of Edinburgh Central Library

The practice has been commissioned to undertake a feasibility study for the redevelopment of the Grade B-listed library building.

The library, which has been developed in a piecemeal way over the past 100 years, will be refurbished and reconfigured to provide a modern facility.  

Originally designed by George Washington Browne and opened in 1890, the library sits on Edinburgh’s George IV Bridge.

Ideas for the revamp include a rooftop restaurant and a cultural hub in the vaults below the bridge.

James Nelmes, an associate at Bennetts’ Edinburgh studio, said: ‘It has got to the point that to do nothing isn’t an option for the library.

‘We’re excited to be working with the team there to explore the potential the wonderful building offers to create new facilities for Edinburgh’s people and the many who visit each year.’

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