DesignInc completed an extensive $9M refurbishment of Campbelltown City Council’s municipal library. Unveiled in September 2010, the new library resulted in an immediate increase in visitor rates by up to two thousand people per week.
DesignInc transformed the 1980s building into a contemporary facility which is now reflective of the shift in community use of these spaces as borrowers look beyond traditional use and seek additional comforts.
Campbelltown Library’s Manager, Ursula Hickey said the brief for the project was very clear.
“We didn’t want great innovation or grand ideas; we simply wanted a library that would cater for what is now a very mixed use by a wide range of demographics. It had to work for customers of all ages and the result has delivered that and more,” she said.
“For me, the youth area is the highlight. DesignInc created a dual offering, where young people can study for a few hours and then relax and interact with friends in a safe and comfortable environment, has proved very popular. It’s testament to the success of the overall design.
“From day one DesignInc were great to deal with and we worked really well together to continue operating throughout the refurbishment. They clearly understood the brief and were always available and quick to respond.”
The library has more than doubled in size and incorporates a number of well-defined areas for users of all ages.
The children’s area is overlooked by a striking feature – a story tree which was created by Showtrek under the art direction of DesignInc for children’s story-telling. High quality audio-visual elements produce 14 different effects on the tree, from starry nights to bright pink ripples, with a range of music and sounds.
A number of other features have ensured the new library acknowledges modern demands yet still caters for traditional users. These include large audio-visual and computing sections, an outdoor reading area and a number of community meeting rooms accessible long after the library has closed.
A strong community connection has been maintained and is evident throughout the library. The local history archive is housed in a room purpose-built to fit an original Council board table and a large double-sided wall hanging – created by local residents – is now well displayed for all to enjoy.
Sustainability was a key focus of the project. Much of the existing building was re-used and an adaptable layout means the library will suit changing needs over the next two decades.
The overarching approach to this project was to create a central hub for the local community. The library now provides significantly improved facilities and a welcoming environment conducive to use by people of all ages.
The marked increase in visitor rates is a strong indication of the project’s success. Delivered on time and under budget, the project has affirmed DesignInc’s capabilities in the creation and execution of projects of social relevance.
Campbelltown City Council