The brief for this project was to create a practical and inviting refresh to the existing library that would appeal to the younger and older community, with particular focus to making the library dementia-friendly.
Working together with the client and our partner manufacturers, we developed concept ideas and designed a complete remodel of the library interior with an emphasis on providing a safe and engaging space. We focussed on various zones including child-friendly sensory areas, a bespoke story wall, purpose built IT space and traditional book promotion.
A combination of wooden and metal book shelving and display units added to the modern look of the Library, whilst bright and distinctive colours and clever graphics including signage created vibrant and themed zones.
As a hub for the local community, key services were accommodated including study areas, computer suites, and self-service facilities.
The MACOI team visited the existing library site and discussed exactly how the space needed to function. We then produced a concept design and mood board illustrating furniture placement, style and finish colours.
Delivery & Installation
The MACOI team completed the library refurbishment over a period of 10 days following a full delivery and installation project plan.
A full project management service was provided to the library including:
Workspace consultation & site surveys
Space planning & design
Personal tours arranged to view previously
Risk & method statements
Signage & graphics solutions
Delivery & installation
We helped create a vibrant and engaging County Library environment with effective book shelving, vibrant displays and furniture solutions to various zones within the library including:
The new Aylesbury Library is home to the longest Story Wall in the UK to date.
Sensory lighting and bubble tubes have been used throughout the children’s reading area.
The Aylesbury Library has been designed with a number of features that will help people living with dementia.
“I’ve been delighted with how the refurbished Aylesbury Library looks – the design and furniture works really well on a practical level and is also colourful and inviting, and helps create a really welcoming space which is what we wanted. Most importantly, we’ve had really positive feedback from our customers who especially love the new children’s section. “Lovely, light and bright” and “best place in Aylesbury” are amongst the many great comments we’ve been very happy to receive”. David Jones, Head of Libraries and Culture, Buckinghamshire County Council.
David Jones, Head of Libraries and Culture, Buckinghamshire County Council
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