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James
Thursday 08 Jul 2010

Studio Egret West designs new library and civic hub for South London

The Library Building is a major council led exemplar scheme for the LondonBorough of Lambeth who are working in partnership with Cathedral (Clapham) Ltd. to deliver a new public library (Clapham Library), a new health centre (The Clapham Family Practice), a new PCT Resource Centre and 136 homes for the community.

The design resolves the mix of community uses with the provision of a highdensity development; it resolves a mix of adjacent building scales with theopportunity for a high density development. It is scheme that resolves manyissues that confront contemporary mixed use schemes in London, finding asolution in a design of the highest quality.The design meets an 'Excellent' rating (18.5 out of 20) in the Building ForLife assessment. The scheme provides apartments with a CFSH Level 4 alongwith a library and health centre with BREEAM ratings of Very Good.

The library forms a major new community use on the high street, it is basedaround a simple spiral form, providing a seamless curve of learning. Thespiral is used to link a variety of uses in the building with the booksthemselves providing a continuous linear coil around which other spaces areconfigured.

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