Victoria Library

Location: Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne
Client: Nova Finance
Status: Planning approval achieved in 2008

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.

For the original library building, IDP’s designs envisaged ground floor offices and a first floor space suitable either for 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.

The adjacent new build portion comprises eight bespoke apartments over three storeys. To resolve the connectivity into Heaton Park, the apartment building features extensive use of kiln dried larch cladding to soften the building’s relationship to the nearby mature woodland. This provides a striking, modern, contemporary contrast to the brick and stone detailing of the main building.