Orpington Library – Reconfiguration & Refurbishment

Our client, London Borough of Bromley, was keen to create a new modern library with community facilities in the heart of Orpington Town Centre. Frankham was commissioned to provide Project Management, Quantity Surveying, CDMc, Architecture, Interior Design, Mechanical and Electrical and Structural services for the duration of the project.

The existing brick facade was clad in blue panels, the existing windows were replaced and full height glazing was provided to the Ground Floor. This provided an exciting new facade which had a great impact on the existing streetscape.

The project involved re-configuration and refurbishment of an existing three storey office building, providing Library accommodation to the Ground and First floor with office accommodation to the second floor. The Library is a very modern facility providing IT training, internet access, DVD/CD rental, self-service desks, community rooms called ‘The Market’ and ‘The Pod’.

A key aspect of the project was to create a vibrant and exciting interior scheme which forms part of the Interior branding scheme Frankham Interiors have been developing with the client to be rolled out across all of their library facilities.

The client’s approach to value for money on this project was to drive up visitor numbers by making the capital investment and this will determine whether the project was value for money.  The design concept and usage was reviewed to consider how footfall could be increased and this was included within the project in terms of DVD rental, meeting space and generally making the building more attractive.