Sector: Public & Community

Morrab Library Extension

Project Description

The Morrab Library is a Grade II listed, two-storey granite independent library established in 1818

The library is housed in a Victorian mansion within the beautiful Morrab Gardens in Penzance, Cornwall

Ranking sixth largest in the UK, the library holds over 55,000 books as well as archives and rich photographic collection

The new £1.2m extension provides extra storage space as well as a new home for the library’s photographic archive

Commissioned under Cornwall Council framework SDS worked with architects Poynton Bradbury and contractor TEC Construction

….there was an excellent working relationship with all those involved…..
Bob Harrison, Chairman of the Morrab Library

Project Involvement

SDS carried out a survey of the existing services and worked with the team to develop a feasibility study for the extension

Detailed mechanical and electrical services design were prepared together with the M&E tender documents and specification

Heating was provided through a gas boiler serving underfloor heating with heat recovery and with mechanical ventilation in
the basement

A suitable lighting scheme was prepared using various types of fluorescent fittings

New fire alarms were provided to the existing library

During construction, SDS attended design team meetings and undertook inspections of the works

Project Benefits

Integration of modern M&E services with the existing period fittings in the original building

Low energy, carbon technologies were used where possible and in keeping with the building in its environment