The proposed scheme involved the reconstruction of Ramsgate Library, which was almost completely destroyed following a fire in 2004.
The project aimed to achieve a careful balance between the restoration of a Grade II listed building, through the expert repair and reinstatement of its grand façades while, developing a library to meet modern standards and needs of the local community.
Careful consideration was given to insure that new internal spaces and a new layout integrated with the original design through architectural composition and careful orientation of the principle spaces.
Extended parts of the building, internal alterations and selected materials, were designed to complement the architectural quality of the historic building, but to be clearly identifiable as changes to the historic design.
The internal feel of the new library has been designed to be light and spacious, to promote a feeling of well-being, encourage use, and create a pleasing environment for all the library users.