Weston Library

  • © Ben Bisek for WilkinsonEyre
  • © James Brittain
  • © James Brittain
  • © James Brittain
  • © James Brittain
  • © James Brittain
  • © James Brittain
  • © John Cairns
  • © Ben Bisek for WilkinsonEyre
  • © Will Pryce

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Award

Region

South East

Local Authority Area

Oxford

Information about this scheme

Designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in the 1930s, this Grade II listed library, located in the historic centre of Oxford, has been refurbished as a new cultural and intellectual landmark safeguarding the collections, modernising research facilities and promotes the collections for wider understanding. The completed renovation works with Scott’s robust design, reinvigorating the space with an improved circulation diagram – for both book retrieval and user movement – and creating a number of contemporary interventions, including a spectacular reading room at roof level. The Library’s relationship with its urban setting has also been addressed with the newly arcaded façade, into the new entrance hall where the building appears to open up with daylight gently descending from the multiple slotted roof lights above. Exhibition galleries have been added, along a Digital Media Centre, a Visiting Scholars Centre, a lecture theatre, and a suite of seminar rooms to enable teaching and master-classes based on the library’s special collections. These facilitate contemporary research practices and techniques, supporting the library’s academic users, as well as enabling public interaction with the library’s collections and treasures. The newly refurbished library includes world-class conservation workshops and facilities, where collections can be preserved in a secure and environmentally stable setting. 

Credits

Architect

WilkinsonEyre

Client

University of Oxford

Structural Engineer

Pell Frischmann

Services Engineer

Hurley Palmer Flatt

Quantity Surveyor

Arcadis

Project Manager

University of Oxford Estates Services and RBDML

CDMC

Scott White and Hookins

Main Contractor

Mace

Primary Use Class

Class D1c - Education