OMI's resurrection of a century-old library as a community hub safeguards the much-loved structure and won Lister Steps the North West RIBA Client of the Year Award
OMI for Lister Steps
Contract value: £1m
Cost per m2: £3100
After 100 years in use, Tuebrook’s Carnegie library closed in 2006, and fell into disrepair. Its resurrection as a charity-run community hub safeguards the much-loved structure and generates great social value from a limited budget. There is something for everyone – a nursery, homework space for teenagers, a cafe and an events hall – and a delightful sense of ordered chaos in the eclectic mix structured by an intelligent plan. Sensitive restoration has preserved the building’s character, and additions are both sympathetic and playful: within one large hall offices are in a faceted mezzanine on slender columns, preserving the volume of the original room; a small ceramic-clad extension echoes tilework in the original building; and a slide leads from the first floor to an outdoor play area.