OMI Architects


The Old Library


Our transformation of the Grade II former Andrew Carnegie Library for Lister Steps in Tuebrook, Liverpool is progressing well.

After a 100 year life as a functioning library, the building, having been underfunded for a significant period, had to be closed following health and safety concerns. Unoccupied, the building had been subject to theft, vandalism and neglect and was listed on Liverpool’s ‘Buildings at Risk’ register.

Working with Lister Steps, a local charity who provide childcare facilities in a neighbouring temporary building, OMI are bringing the Library back into use, to continue the legacy of philanthropy and education, offering opportunity to a new local population.

With completion due in summer 2020 there is lots of activity on site. The original parquet flooring has been cleaned and relayed ready for sanding, the original green tiles are looking splendid and the retained bookcases from the library have be repurposed.

As part of the works the existing landscape which surrounds the building will be extensively remodelled to suit the needs of the new use. Xanthe Quayle Landscape Architects’ design incorporates formal landscaped gardens, woodland play and an extensive and varied range of educational play environments.

The project has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional funding from Liverpool City Council, The Hemby Trust and The Eleanor Rathbone Charitable Trust.