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Camberwell Library

John McAslan + Partners has designed a new two-storey library building for the community of Camberwell, with dedicated age-specific stock areas, enhanced IT utilities, study space and flexible meeting rooms. The scheme responds to Southwark Council's desire for a unique and accessible civic space by creating a site master plan that can be sub-divided into three separate character areas: the Library Entrance Space, the 'pedestrian spine' and the Magistrates Court Forecourt. This rich public space will be light and open; the mezzanine level serves as a study area, benefiting from views out over Camberwell Green and the new public space. Occupying a triangular site, the building will be a new focal point for the community.  The scheme's sustainable credentials include solar control of windows, natural ventilation and the provision of 40 cycle spaces, resulting in a 'Very Good' BREEAM rating.

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  • Sector


  • Location

    London, UK

  • Description


  • Client

    Southwark Council

  • Size

    804 sqm

  • Cost


  • Team

    John McAslan + Partners, Architect
    John McAslan + Partners, Landscape Architect
    Balfour Beatty, Contractor
    Burnley Wilson Fish, Intelligent Client
    Haskin Robinson Waters, Structural Engineer
    Elementa Consulting, Services and Sustainability Consultant
    RBA Acoustics, Acoustic Consultant
    Aversion Risk Management Services, CDM Consultant

  • Status


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