Borras move into Leytonstone Library ahead of refurbishment

Borras have now set up site at Leytonstone Library ahead of a 9 month long extensive refurbishment project. The scheme forms part of Waltham Forest Councils £5m upgrade of library facilities across the Borough and will see the interior dramatically remodelled and modernised.

Borras will be working closely with the British Heritage Trust to ensure the heritage and integrity of the beautiful 1930’s Grade II* listed building is not compromised. The refurbishment involves no demolition or new build construction works as the existing Art Deco features, structure and fabric of the building will remain intact.

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Works will see new lifts, fire alarms, Wi-Fi, hearing loops, ventilation and lighting installed with special care being taken to ensure any new elements introduced complement the buildings existing style. This is evidenced by £21k being allocated to the production of new hand painted signage throughout the library.

As the library is located within a busy town centre parking is extremely limited, initially our staff had planned to park in a nearby commercial car park, however after getting in touch with the nearby St John’s Church the Reverend kindly offered us the use of their car park for the duration of the project. In return Borras have agreed to give any money that would have been spent on parking tickets to the church as donations.

When finished the library will hold 19,000 books, have an increased amount of public computers and boast state-of-the-art self-service machines, completion is due July 2015.

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Contracts Manager Alex Simpson (Left) shows representatives from Waltham Forest Council around the site, Lorraine Burke (Senior Project Manager, second left), Jacqueline Staples (Customer Services Area Manager, left centre), Althea Loderick (Chief Operating Officer, right centre), Jackie McGivern (Althea’s PA, second right) and Jyoti Singh (Library Manager, right)

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