Haworth Tompkins has won planning permission for the £25 million expansion and refurbishment of the Grade II-listed London Library, which was founded by Thomas Carlyle and built in 1841. The comprehensive overhaul, which will begin on site this autumn, will address the need of the library to accommodate an extra 8,000 volumes each year. The practice claims its designs will make the building, on St James' Square, easier to navigate.
In addition to restoring features such as the existing reading room, the architect has designed front-of-house facilities along with a new entrance. Victorian cast-iron book stacks will be extended by three new 'levels' and the facade of the neighbouring Duchess House, newly acquired, has been redesigned to complement a new offshoot of the White Cube art gallery nearby.