KENSINGTON CENTRAL LIBRARY
Project: Kensington Central Library
Client: Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Services provided: Contract Administration, Quantity Surveying, Design & CDM services
Contract value: £325k
The Daniel Connal Partnership was appointed to steer this project from the initial scheme through to completion. The 2 storey Grade II listed library building was to be upgraded with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) self service technology which had to be achieved sensitively, without detracting from the unique character and detailing of the building.
The intention of the scheme was to provide the local community with a state of the art facility, including a children’s library and public internet facilities, accessible to all.
The Grade II listing included many of the fixtures and fittings. These items therefore needed to be incorporated into the new design for the library. Daniel Connal Partnership liaised closely with the conservation team to ensure that this happened. For example, a glazed screen with ornate metalwork was carefully removed and then re-used imaginatively within the new and improved layout of the library.