OMI Architects


RIBA NW 2022 Shortlist


We are delighted that The Old Library has been included on the shortlist of 10 projects for the 2022 RIBA North West Awards. The RIBA shortlisting is the third in three consecutive years with The Mustard Tree and Baker Place both having then won RIBA NW Awards.

Well done to all represented in the NW region Р@alliesandmorrison @ahmmarchitects @tgarchitects @hodderandpartners @bdp_com @knightarchitects @carmodygroarke @feildenfowles @johnmcaslanpartners

Close partnership with our childcare provider client РLister Steps, Liverpool City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund has enabled the realisation of this visionary project. The extensive refurbishment and re-modelling of the building has created multi-functional community spaces, a café, hot-desks and office accommodation all in addition to the core childcare facilities.

The project makes significant interventions within the existing building whilst respecting existing volumes and spatial characteristics. The two main reading rooms have been treated differently. One has been restored and preserved in its entirety as the main community, multi-use space. By contrast, significant interventions have been made within the other reading room whilst ensuring the original space can still be understood.

Bold, new openings in the existing facades create physical and visual links from the building to the outside. Some are small child sized windows while others are full sized doorways giving access to newly landscaped external areas.

The £3.8m project was funded by the NLHF and Liverpool City Council.