Reynaers curtain walling and architectural aluminium systems played a significant role in the recent £50 million PFI restoration and redevelopment of the historic Liverpool Central Library.
The task of remodelling the Grade II listed library as well as retaining its historic façade was carried out by Shepherd Construction as part of the Inspire Partnership, a joint venture with International Public Partnerships, which also included architects Austin-Smith:Lord and Cofely Facilities Management services.
The new five storey facility houses the reading and information floors, cafe, meeting rooms, atrium and roof terrace. It also includes a state-of-the-art, purpose-built, climate controlled repository that houses Liverpool Record Office where some of the citys most historic treasures from the last 800 years are stored.
Externally the building retains its period grandeur, with a new extension bringing a floor to ceiling atrium along with vertical runs of curtain walling providing a naturally bright environment that enhances the appeal and openness of the redeveloped library.
The expansive curtain wall, utilising Reynaers CW 50 thermally improved system, gives clean unhindered views and opens up the interior to the historic areas of the library bringing them into renewed public use.
The restoration redevelopment has attained a BREEAM Very Good rating.
To see the building transformed from a tired, dark venue into a stunning, welcoming library has been wonderful, said Councillor Wendy Simon, Liverpool City Councils cabinet member for culture and tourism. The intricate work which has been undertaken has been magnificent. It is a real credit to all those involved that Liverpool now has one of the most modern, attractive and user-friendly libraries and records office in the UK.