Woodgrange Road Library

A redundant public library building has been transformed and extended to create an inspirational new learning centre for the community of East London.

The old library space has been continued out over a roof extension at the rear of the building with minimal disruption to its neighbours, using an innovative and economic lightweight curved timber cassette structure that brings roof and walls together into a single curve.

Woodgrange Road 3

The Finnish softwood LVL beams were designed and manufactured to bolt onto the existing concrete frame of the building with the least possible additional load. It is an inspirational space, flooded with natural light, where the drama of the curved beams is complemented by the natural timber panelling.

Woodgrange Road 4

Lightweight, with low embodied energy, excellent thermal and acoustic qualities, natural light and ventilation, the project was delivered on time and on budget.

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Fact sheet
Client London Borough of Newham
Architects Cazenove Architects
Structural engineers Alan Conisbee & Assosiates
Main Contractors Lakehouse Contracts Ltd.
Suppliers of wood solutions Finnforest merk
Budget £440,000
Year of completion 2004
Location London, England
United Kingdom
Woodgrange Road 1
Woodgrange Road 2
Woodgrange Road 5

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