- Norfolk County Council Library & Information Services
- £1.7 million
We provided civil and structural engineering services for the new landmark building that was opened in November 2008. The building was constructed on an existing car park within the town centre and is twice the size of the previous library providing more space for events and exhibitions as well as housing more books and PCs.
The aim of the project was to create a distinctive, contemporary and sustainable building that provided greatly improved facilities to encourage wider use in the community. The increase in new members, visitors and items loaned since the library opened is testament to the success of the new building. Further recognition has been received as the building received an award for structural excellence in the IStructE East Anglian Branch Awards 2009.
The single storey building was designed using a hybrid steel and glue laminated timber braced frame to form the tiered fan shaped roof construction radiating from a conical rotunda. The drainage incorporated permeable paving and attenuated discharge of roof runoff on the confined site.
WINNER IStructE Award for Structural Excellence. East Anglian Branch Awards 2009