The Edinburgh studio of UK architecture practice Bennetts Associates has been commissioned to undertake a feasibility study for a reworking of the Edinburgh Central Library in Scotland.
The library, housed in a Grade B listed building in the centre of the city has been serving Edinburgh for more than 100 years and has been developed piecemeal over the years to expand and meet changing requirements.
Bennetts Associates is drawing up a strategy for a major refurbishment which will reconfigure the existing facilities to improve accessibility and provide Edinburgh with a modern library that retains the best of its historic fabric. Early ideas include looking at the potential for a new cultural hub in The Vaults below George IV Bridge and a rooftop restaurant.
“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,” said James Nelmes, Associate in the Edinburgh studio.