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Bisset Adams unwraps £3m Blackpool library revamp

[First look] Bisset Adams has completed an overhaul of the Grade II-listed Carnegie library in Blackpool

Finished in time for the library’s centenary, the scheme delivers an extension to the building in line with the original architect Cullen, Lockheed and Brown’s competition-winning plans for the site.

The project created a new entrance to the 1911 building and features a café, community room, arts space, youth library and local history service.

The Big Lottery-funded scheme also features a series of stained glass windows by artist Nick Robertson which explore themes suggested by staff and local people.

Adam Strudwick, Bisset Adams’ lead designer, said: ‘Blackpool is proud of its unique culture and heritage of holidaymaking, imagination and theatricality and one of the ideas we were designing to was the idea of “a transport of delight”. We think we’ve created just that for the resort’s library users.

‘The windows are probably one of the best examples of different stained glass techniques in the country. We’ve improved the building’s efficiency and made it more sustainable.’

Bisset Adams worked with conservation specialists Richard Griffiths Architects on the project.

Bisset Adams' Carnegie library project in Blackpool

Bisset Adams’ Carnegie library project in Blackpool

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