£10.5m library nears completion as interior fit-out progresses

Nottingham Central Library interior

The new Nottingham Central Library is moving closer to its opening, as Overbury completes the interior fit-out and refurbishment.

This project marks Overbury’s first major project procured through SCAPE, a public sector procurement authority in the UK, in partnership with Morgan Sindall Construction.

Andrew Wood, managing director at Overbury, said: “Libraries are an important part of local communities and can be a vital lifeline for many people. This building will play a big part in the future of the city as it undergoes large-scale transformation, and it’s been exciting to see the new library take shape and the interiors have really made the building come alive.

“It’s also important to ensure the library is a welcoming environment for children and young people to help inspire a love of reading and books in our future generations. The space has been designed with them in mind and has been brought to fruition with the help of several local businesses and charitable organisations, delivering real value to the local area.”

The library is part of Nottingham City Council’s broader efforts to establish a modern library at the centre of the Broad Marsh regeneration area.

This project is a key element to the Southside regeneration area, which also envisions a new green space on the former Broad Marsh site and a green network connecting Nottingham Castle to the Island Quarter regeneration site.

The company collaborated with Pick Everard, FaulknerBrowns, Chord, and Morgan Sindall Construction to design the three-level library.

Oliver Hatton, director at Pick Everard said: “We’re proud of how our close collaboration across the range of management, design and consultative services has resulted in delivering a valued space for the local community, underpinning our ethos of delivering better, together. The work has been carried out to an extremely high standard – building on the achievements of the wider Broad Marsh bus station and car park development – and we’ve no doubt the public will be delighted with the finished product.

“We’re now looking forward to the ongoing work in the wider regeneration zone, which will continue to transform the largest development space in any core city in Europe.”

The library is set to officially open to the public on November 28, 2023.