Liverpool Central Library wins Building Excellence Award
The refurbishment and extension of Liverpool’s historic central library has won an award for the best technical development in LABC’s North West building excellence awards.
The award was granted to the development because the difficulties of marrying the new build extension to the existing grade 2 listed building of 1850 and threw up competing technical issues around access, fire safety and preservation of the historic facade.
LABC Chief Executive Paul Everall said “Our regional building excellence awards are an opportunity to celebrate good practice. All our winners demonstrated how attention to detail and a positive working relationship with Building Control departments can achieve high quality and sustainable buildings fit for the future. Our awards are unique because they recognise how the work of local authority surveyors helps to improve building standards and boost sustainability and efficiency.
“With the constraints on this historic development with various specialist consultants employed to deal with issues such as fire safety and access requirements it was vital close working relationships were developed all round. The quality of the finished building is proof of how well the teams worked together to create this stunning and technically sound modern community building that retains its history.”
More than 500 people from the construction industryacross the north west of England attended the awards at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Friday 26 April.
Photo: courtesy of Shepherd Construction