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Liverpool Central Library



Liverpool Central Library




Following financial close, AA Projects were appointed to provide independent certifier services to the £50m Liverpool Central Library PFI project.

The Central Library is located within the designated Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City World Heritage Site and the city’s Cultural Quarter. The Central Library and archive has developed on its current site over the last century and a half, and now comprises a complex series of interlinked buildings, the majority of which are listed grade II. The key outputs of the project were:

  • The provision of a high quality building with a new entrance on William Brown Street
  • The provision of new space to deliver the new service concept for library and archive services
  • The restoration and renovation of the historic buildings
  • A new repository for archives and rare books which meets the requirements of BS5454

The AAP team oversaw the removal of a series of 1950s and 1970s buildings that were no longer fit for purpose, leading to the insertion, behind the listed façade, of a new library building. These new spaces were required to be clear in their organisation and set around an impressive central atrium. Enrolments at the library are up and it has become a visitor attraction in its own right.