“The design of a brand new, £23.5m national library and archive for the Church of England is a project that certainly requires exact planning and the specification of only the best and most suitable products.
Alive with history and culture, the development of the Lambeth Palace Library came with a series of stringent requirements it was essential that we adhered to.”
Chosen product: Bespoke Blend of Swanage Handmade Bricks
Wright & Wright Architects visited our Swanage facility to discuss the brief, and from this a bespoke blend of handmade bricks was presented before adjustments and approval.
“As a practice, we have extensive experience in designing libraries in sensitive historic locations, including the universities at both Oxford and Cambridge, but recognised that Lambeth Palace Library required unique consideration all of its own. As such an important centre of British cultural life, preserving the heritage of the building – even in the new design – was essential, as was ensuring the new building complemented neighbouring historical structures. On a practical level, fire prevention was a key concern, alongside the precise temperature and humidity levels, differing from room to room, needed to preserve the historical manuscripts.”
LAMBETH PALACE LIBRARY
“With such a complex brief, we were grateful for the partnership-led approach provided by Ibstock’s design and technical advisory team.
Recommending the use of handmade bricks in the project, which offer both the aesthetic appeal and flexibility needed to meet heritage and temperature-controlled requirements, the team were on hand every step of the way to provide insight and guidance as to the projects to specify throughout the project fulfilment. Their ‘hands-on’ approach to the project enabled us to specify a brick that met the unique needs of Lambeth Palace Library, ultimately resulting in a finish which has significant aesthetic appeal.”