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Scott Brownrigg's Bodleian Library depository in doubt

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Scott Brownrigg’s £29 million Bodleian Library book depository project is lying in tatters after it was given a second refusal by Oxford city councillors.

The world famous library had hoped to build a new facility on the Osney Mead Industrial Estate, which would house more than eight million books to allow for the library extension by Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

However, councillors voted 26 to 15 against the new building due to ‘flooding fears’ and the impact it would have on views of the city’s spires.

The Gilbert Scott-designed library has stated it is desperately in need of more space, and unless it moves for an appeal or to an alternative site it could delay Wilkinson Eyre’s expansion plans.

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