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Liverpool Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool- Building Survey

Raynor, Caroline (2011) Liverpool Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool- Building Survey. Project Report. OA North. (Unpublished)




The Liverpool Central Library Complex is to be remodelled as part of a £50 million development. Currently, the library comprises the William Brown Library which suffered severe bomb damaged during World War II and was rebuilt in the 1950s, the William Brown Extension, the Clayton Stack, the Picton Reading Room, the International Library, the Hornby Library and the Oak Room. As part of the redevelopment it is proposed that the modern sections of the William Brown Library and the William Brown Extension be demolished to make way for a new, lighter and more modern structure. Oxford Archaeology North were commissioned by Shepherds Construction and CgMs to conduct a building survey in advance of the demolition works. The Clayton Stack has also been included in this survey, even though it is not scheduled for demolition, as it is anticipated that the proposed redevelopment will result in major alterations to the character of the building. The Liverpool Central Library was constructed at the instigation of William Brown, merchant and MP for South Lancashire, and was opened on 18th October 1860. The building interior was spacious and the upper floor was illuminated by skylights to provide adequate natural light, and provided storage for about 100,000 volumes, as well as considerable reading room space.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Merseyside
ID Code:2328
Deposited By: Sandra Bonsall
Deposited On:14 Jan 2015 16:03
Last Modified:14 Jan 2015 16:03

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