Heaton Library

Location: Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Client: Nova Finance
Status: Completed 2011

Project Description:
IDPartnership’s vision for the refurbishment and extension of the Edwardian former library in Heaton has now been realised. Extraneous extensions have been removed from this locally listed building which dates from 1902, and a bespoke extension has been designed and constructed to sit more comfortably alongside this exuberant example of fine Edwardian architecture.

The building comprises of seven bespoke apartments in the new build component of the scheme, along with ground floor offices and a first floor space, which is suitable for either office use or a restaurant in the former Reading Room of the Library, within which there is an option to insert a gallery space for additional floor area.

To resolve the connectivity into Heaton Park, the building features extensive use of kiln dried larch cladding to soften the buildings relationship to the nearby mature woodland. This provides a striking, modern, contemporary contrast to the brick and stone detailing of the main building.