Have your say on innovative library design project

28 October 2022

Residents are invited to have their say on proposed designs for state-of-the-art community spaces which are planned for two Cambridgeshire Libraries.

Earlier this year the council announced the launch of the EverySpace project, which is aimed at transforming Cambridge Central and March Libraries with new community spaces. The facilities will serve different groups with different functions, further supporting the council’s priority of making our services accessible to all.

Proposed designs for the spaces have been developed by partners Jan Kattein Architects and the next phase of the project sees a public consultation take place. This will run from November 17 until December 2 and feature two public events where residents can come along and give their feedback on the designs. These take place at:

  • March Library, 10am – 12pm, Thursday 17 November

  • Cambridge Central Library, 2.30pm - 4.30pm Thursday 17 November

Representatives from Jan Kattein Architects will be on hand at the events to answer questions from members of the public and there will be display boards featuring detailed information and hand-drawn visuals. The display boards will remain in situ at Cambridge and March Libraries until the end of the consultation on December 2.

Councillor Tom Sanderson, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Communities, Social Mobility and Inclusion Committee, said: “EverySpace will make a huge difference to the way the two libraries are used and benefit residents for years to come. To help the project progress we want to hear from as many people as possible as part of this consultation. So please, if you can, come along to the events, or if not give us your feedback online. This will only take a few minutes of your time, but provide us with valuable insight.”

Gareth Marriott, Director of Design at Jan Kattein Architects, said: "We are looking forward to hearing from members of the public as part of the consultation and getting their valuable feedback to help drive the project forward. We are thrilled to be working with Cambridgeshire Libraries and local partners on the EverySpace project, on testing and expanding what each library can be for its local community."

EverySpace is centred around adaptable, co-managed spaces that enable the community to connect, share, create and discover. It follows the ‘kit-of-parts’ model, capturing the flexibility and inventiveness of a pop-up within a defined architectural system.

At Cambridge Central Library EverySpace will be on the third floor, with users taking a journey through the library to reach the space. In March Library, EverySpace is a natural fit with the Future High Street Fund which will improve access from the High Street.

For more information about Cambridgeshire Libraries visit here.