The Physical Library and Regeneration - Tony Durcan

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The Physical Library and Regeneration - Tony Durcan

  1. 1. EDGE 2010<br />The Physical Library and Regeneration<br />The Newcastle upon Tyne perspective<br />
  2. 2. Councillor John ShipleyLeader Newcastle City Council<br />Tony Durcan<br />Head of Culture, Libraries and Lifelong Learning<br />
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  4. 4. Newcastle’s new City Library<br />PFI project with a 7 year development period;<br />£24m capital cost;<br />6 floors, 4 storey entrance atrium; 8,300 square metres;<br />opened to the public on Sunday 6 June 2009;<br />officially opened by HM The Queen on 6 November 2009;<br />
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  8. 8. totally self service;<br />open 70 hours per week – 7 days;<br />24 hour provision;<br />150,000 new books;<br />5792 visitors on day one;<br />792,000 visitors by 31 January 2010<br />35,000 new members;<br />396,000 items loaned.<br />
  9. 9. The Council’s only capital cultural project to come in on budget … ….and on time.<br />
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  13. 13. Why a new City Library?<br />Library Service modernisation agenda;<br />as much about service as buildings;<br />to overcome the 1960s building’s shortcomings:<br />unloved concrete;<br />invisible/non distinctive and a wasted site;<br />limited accessibility;<br />hidden services and unwelcoming;<br />poor community facilities.<br />
  14. 14. Old library shots<br />
  15. 15. Stage two development<br />
  16. 16. And the City wanted a new building which would “delight and inspire”.<br />
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  18. 18. Key steps<br />research; <br />visioning;<br />consultation;<br />engagement;<br />staff involvement;<br />
  19. 19. Some examples from 2006<br />10 March – Bidders’ presentations at Civic Centre<br />13 March – Sectoral stakeholders/expert witnesses<br />16 March – Elected Members<br />18 March – Young People Group<br />20 March – Staff Focus Group 1<br />27 March – Members’ Advisory Group/Design Panel<br />28 March – Staff Focus Group 2<br />30 March – Public meeting (City Library)<br />3 April – Staff Focus Group 1<br />3 April – Public meeting (High Heaton)<br />6 April – Public meeting - Princess Square residents/traders<br />7 April – Public meeting (City Library)<br />10 April – Community/Hard to Reach/Disabilities groups<br />12 April – Community/Hard to Reach/Disabilities groups<br />19 April – Staff Focus Group 2<br />21 April – Community/Hard to Reach/Disabilities groups<br />
  20. 20. Political and community engagement<br />
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  22. 22. Not just a city library<br />City, city-wide, and regional role;<br />other libraries;<br />impetus for change:<br />new ways of working;<br />new ways of using<br />a choice of support, progression and anonymity.<br />
  23. 23. Gosforth<br />
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  25. 25. West End Library and Customer Service Centre<br />
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  27. 27. Fawdon – Library Express<br />
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  30. 30. The Observer 22 February 2009<br />“A shining light and a beacon for what a library should be doing in the 21st century” – Andrew Motion.<br />
  31. 31. Any questions?<br />

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