TateHindle Architects


The Old Library

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The Old Library, located in Leamington Spa, involves the sensitive conversion of a Grade II listed former library building into 30 luxury ‘loft style’ apartments. The development is just one of several new urban projects to significantly enhance the area around the station, adding to the wider regeneration of this part of the town.

Creation of the courtyard

The scheme revolves around the creation of a central public landscaped courtyard by the removal of the existing glazed atrium at the heart of the building. All the residential units have been designed to be directly accessed from this space, thereby making it an integral visual amenity for the benefit of all occupiers. New openings to the external façades are kept to a minimum, and all of these match the existing building in both material and style.

"TateHindle's keen eye for design and detail comes through in the apartment spaces, the landscaped courtyard and eclectic mix of the old and the new."

Simon Tate - TAG Exclusive Properties

Blend of old and new

The existing ceiling heights have been cleverly adapted by the creation of an additional level of accommodation to the courtyard, while retaining the larger double height volumes to the external elevations, where the living and dining spaces are located. This helps to generate an interesting mix of duplex units which are unique in size and scale. The design emphasises the existing historical features of the building with modern minimalist interventions to deliver an eclectic blend of old and new. The project was completed in June 2014 and won the prestigious AJ Retrofit Award later that year.

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