Lichfield Street Central Library Walsall
The interior design of the newly refurbished restored and redecorated Grade 2 listed Lichfield Street Central Library provides an outstanding, modern facility for the local community. Demco Interiors worked on behalf of the main contractor, Wilmott Dixon, to interpret the Architects’ vision to design, manufacture and install elements within the new interior.
Modern, fresh and accessible the new space blends old and new by combining different genre, eras and materials creating a space bringing its own story bang up to date. An example of this is the beautiful moulded ceiling on the first floor gallery which has been carefully and sympathetically restored. The gallery is light airy and fresh with Demco’s classic Cantilibra steel library shelving system specified at low level and finished with stylised graphic end panels. Retro styled furnishings in shades of teal, yellow and purple add a pop of colour and contrast against the ornate arched ceiling. Large format oak tables provide plenty of space to work at fixed PC’s and small writing tablets are available for anyone who wants to work from one of the sofas.
The same Cantilibra steel library shelving, with different colour combination end panels, is used throughout the building. These low level bays are space planned to discretely separate and define areas without interrupting the natural flow of the building or blocking out light.
Throughout the colour palette of yellow, purple, grey and teal is featured in lampshades, furnishings, shelving end panels and the chequerboard flooring. This interior demonstrates high levels of workmanship and inspiration for the Council’s 21st Century digital programme to create an accessible space for training, digital and employment skills to improve the opportunities for the people of Walsall.