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Gateshead Library scoops design award

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April 13 2011

Gateshead Library scoops design award
Gateshead Central Library has been accorded the title of Best Community Building in the 2011 LABC Building Excellence Awards.

It follows a major re-build and refurbishment of the historic structure with the addition of a new art gallery, enhanced café and a tourist information centre.

This work also saw the reinstatement of the original 1926 entrance, a grand affair which had lain derelict since the 1970s.

A complete modernisation of the interior was conducted as part of the work, fashioning space for an all new spaces for both children and teenagers.

Gateshead Council conducted design work on the scheme,  made possible thanks to a £2m grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
A grand 1926 entrance has been reinstated as the library's centrepiece
A grand 1926 entrance has been reinstated as the library's centrepiece

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