Bramber were appointed to carry out an improvement programme to the 100-year old grade II listed Hove Library. When it was opened on 8 July 1908 by Margaret Elizabeth Villiers, Countess of Jersey it was described as a ‘highly inventive’ Doulting Stone building that had elements of the Edwardian Baroque and Renaissance Revival in its style.
Over a five month period, Bramber undertook a comprehensive list of refurbishment works including the installation of lifts from the ground floor to the basement and first floor, disabled-accessible toilets, asbestos removal, plaster repairs and complete redecoration throughout. Externally specialist works included repairs to the roof and stonework plus damp-proofing.
Whilst the works were in progress, the council set up a parking area for the mobile library nearby our site, which was manned by staff from Hove Library. Our refurbishment works enabled the installation of self-issue terminals, computerised booking system and improved security through CCTV.
For the first time disabled people now have full access to all public parts of the building.
Key successes of the project included:
- Project delivered on time
- Sympathetic repairs to the buildings historic roof structure and Doulting Stone
Hove Library is a wonderful building and we were looking for services and facilities to match.Sue John, Deputy Council Leader