Case Study: Aylesbury Library, Buckinghamshire - COI Total Interiors
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Aylesbury Library, Buckinghamshire

Job Type:
Library Refurbishment



8 Services Used:
Space planning and design
Site survey
Workspace consultation
Showroom tours
Delivery & installation
Risk assessments
Method statements

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Project Info:

Working in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council we provided a fresh new modern library refurbishment at Aylesbury Library.

The Brief
The brief for this project was to create a practical and inviting refresh to the existing library that would appeal to the younger and older community, with particular focus to making the library dementia-friendly.

The Solution
Working together with the client and our partner manufacturers, we developed concept ideas and designed a complete remodel of the library interior with an emphasis on providing a safe and engaging space. We focussed on various zones including child-friendly sensory areas, a bespoke story wall, purpose built IT space and traditional book promotion.

A combination of wooden and metal book shelving and display units added to the modern look of the Library, whilst bright and distinctive colours and clever graphics including signage created vibrant and themed zones.

As a hub for the local community, key services were accommodated including study areas, computer suites, and self-service facilities.

Space Design
The MACOI team visited the existing library site and discussed exactly how the space needed to function. We then produced a concept design and mood board illustrating furniture placement, style and finish colours.

Delivery & Installation
The MACOI team completed the library refurbishment over a period of 10 days following a full delivery and installation project plan.

Project Management
A full project management service was provided to the library including:

  • Workspace consultation & site surveys
  • Space planning & design
  • Personal tours arranged to view previously
  • Library refurbishment
  • Risk & method statements
  • Signage & graphics solutions
  • Delivery & installation
  • Aftercare service

We helped create a vibrant and engaging Library environment with effective book shelving, vibrant displays and furniture solutions to various zones within the library including:

  • Children’s area including a bespoke Story Wall
  • A welcome area including counter
  • Service points
  • Study & IT suite
  • Book shelving
  • Meeting hubs

“I’ve been delighted with how the refurbished Aylesbury Library looks – the design and furniture works really well on a practical level and is also colourful and inviting, and helps create a really welcoming space which is what we wanted. Most importantly, we’ve had really positive feedback from our customers who especially love the new children’s section. “Lovely, light and bright” and “best place in Aylesbury” are amongst the many great comments we’ve been very happy to receive”. David Jones, Head of Libraries and Culture, Buckinghamshire County Council.
David Jones, Head of Libraries and Culture, Buckinghamshire County Council

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