Ramsgate Library at Guildford Lawn is a Grade II listed building which was destroyed in a fire, two months short of its 100th anniversary in 2004. The ornate facade of the library was more or less saved and could be completely restored. As part of the design team, the re-construction of this elegant building was the focal point of this project whilst conserving the building's original historic characteristics.
Our team of Conservation experts at ByrneLooby London were appointed as part of the design team. While the building was constructed to be identical to the original front, the re-construction mostly consisted of a completely new framed building with only the façades retained. The structure is a reinforced concrete ground and first floors with steel portal frames above giving a sense of light and space. The building structure has been designed in close co-ordination with the Environmental Engineer to maximise the energy efficiency of the building with the exposed concrete frame acting as a heat sink to moderate the internal temperature of the library.