Client :
East Sussex County Council
Construction Cost:
£5.1m (approx)
Services Cost:
£1.0m (approx)

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Project Manager:
Structural Engineer:
Quantity Surveyor:
Services Engineer:
Lighting Design (Library areas)

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Electrical Contractor:
Mechanical Contractor:

Tracey Watkins
Faithful & Gould, Luke Brown
Miller Bourne Architects, Richard Morrice & Adrian Odey
Hemsley Orrell Partnership, Cathy Nickell
Faithful & Gould, Richard Pierce
BLR Associates
Lighting Force, Ian Howard & Antony Tyson

Baxall Construction, Steve Turner & Graham Tuthill
Bexhill Electrical, Steve Lissamore
SMS (Southern), Nigel Seabourne

Hastings Library                                                           Project Status: Completed

Hastings Library, originally called the Brassey Institute, is a victorian period building over five levels. The lower ground floor is dedicated to staff use with the remaining levels providing modern library facilities.

Hastings Central Library is a Grade II listed, gothic style building constructed in 1878 by Lord Brassey and donated to the town. A number of internal alterations have taken place since the original construction, including a rewire in the 1980's by our present director when employed as an electrical engineer for East Susses County Council . On that occasion, the Grade II listing and conservation
issues were not a consideration, and a surface conduit installation with prismatic suspended luminaires was the Council's standard of the time - how design considerations have changed!

The Design Team concept,  working with heritage specialists and the local Conservation Officer, was to retain key features of the original construction, some of which had been changed and/or concealed by alterations since the original construction. Although utilising modern LED lighting sources and controls, the luminaires were carefully selected to sympathise with the age and design of the original building.

The mechanical and electrical services incoroporated energy efficient technologies within the heating, ventilation, comfort cooling  and lighting systems. The IT provision for library users is extensive, providing a future proofed installation interms of quantity and capability.

In 2018, the project won a Sussex Heritage Award.