With funding secured from the Integrated Care Fund, Cardiff Council has embarked upon a major project to refurbish and extend the exiting Whitchurch Library. This will provide a new Hub facility for Whitchurch and the nearby areas of the city. The aim of the project is to expand the use of the library, introduce a range of new services to meet the needs of the communities it serves and secure the ongoing sustainability of this valuable facility.
Public consultation on the proposed Hub took place in February 2019. The conceptual designs were presented to the general public and updated to reflect the views of those residents that took part. Local residents demonstrated a high level of support for the proposals and welcomed the refurbishment.
The works will include:
• A new front entrance and entrance lobby
• An extension to accommodate a new multi-use community room
• New and improved reception facilities
• Dementia friendly internal redecoration throughout the public space, including new library shelving and seating areas
• Provision of accessible public toilets
• Improved IT facilities and Wi-Fi coverage
What’s Happening Now?
Whitchurch Library was closed to enable local construction company, Knox and Wells, to undertake the necessary works. Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic had some impact on progress, Knox and Wells have been able to complete their contract just a short time later than expected and the Council is now working on the final fit out of the building. Providing no further delays are experienced with deliveries of new furniture and equipment, it is anticipated that the new Hub will open the general public in the autumn of this year.