18/05/2018 | Arts, Development & Building, Learning, Library
We are about to make a series of investments in the fixtures and fittings in the main reading room at Maindee Library. As a place which holds a collection of books we are pleased that the first things to happen is an improvement to the shelves!
As with the spirit of the work done to the building so far, we are looking to create some new and functional from what is there already: we are going to ‘hack’ the current system with an elegant design - see image above - inspired by a group of Cardiff University Architecture Students. This blog explains the process of working with the student group and what happens next.
17/05/2018 | Development & Building, Community, Library
The contract with So Exclusive reached a major milestone this week: the photo below captures the moment when the first pane of glass was placed into the roof above our meeting room.
As explained in the last blog post on 11 May, our new meeting room has been created by knocking the old toilet and boiler room through into what used to be the kitchen. We think everyone will be pleased with the personality and elegance of the small spaces in our building - especially as they used to be such dingy rooms.
This blog article gives a little bit more information on the small spaces within the library and the features that we expect to offer.
17/05/2018 | Finding Maindee, New Paths, Arts
Over the past two months we have been developing the infrastructure and systems of Maindee Library. In the background work has continued with the artistic community of Newport to create pieces of work that interpret how people have been Finding Maindee.
In this blog article Rhian Hutchings explains how the findings from Steven Jones' Nonsensus work are being produced into a unique piece that can be sung. Rhian and Steven are pictured above with a copy of the Nonsensus.
11/05/2018 | Development & Building, Community, Library
Over the past couple of months So Exclusive Developments have taken charge of the library building and made some big improvements and changes. Their focus has been on the small spaces which support the functionality of the library; the main changes to the main reading room will involve library volunteers, artists and makers and will start again in June 2018.
So Exclusive have now nearly finished all the work to construct and fit out the new meeting room [where the old toilet and kitchen used to be]; they have created a new kitchen space [where the old meeting room was] and made two new toilets in the space between kitchen and meeting room. To service the whole building the electrical systems have been updated, the boiler has been replaced, new radiators installed throughout and the main room has been insulated ready for the colder months.
This blog article provides some photos of the work carried out and also gives a taster of what will happen during the summer months as we go back into the building.
It is just over two months since we last reflected on the Maindee Triangle around the toilet block and land on Livingstone Place. The good news is that our second design proposal - the yellow one - recieved planning permision at the end of March 2018. There is now scope for the striking semi-circular climbing wall to be erected with vegetable planters just behind [see left of design below]. There is also permission for a cafe unit to be provided within the toilet block [see right]. The middle of the site would be a grassed area under the trees [shown as red circles] and with seating on the low walls.
This blog explains some of the challenges that remain and how some of the fundamental design features have been changed through the planning process.
- Investing in Maindee Library’s Shelving - 18/05/2018
- Maindee Library Refresh Progress 17 May - 17/05/2018
- Nonsensus – A Journey Into Being Sung - 17/05/2018
- Progress for Refresh at Maindee Library - 11/05/2018
- Maindee Triangle Gets Planning Consent - 08/04/2018
- Progress Report 2017/18 Financial Year - 05/04/2018
- Stuart Farnsworth - Maindee Nonsensus Q&A - 08/03/2018
- First Meeting of Maindee Makerspace - 13/02/2018
- NONSENSUS - 09/02/2018
- Reflections on Maindee Triangle Winter 2017-18 - 01/02/2018