The journey with Liverpool Central Library started in 2000. As an architect at AS:L, Maggie undertook the interior design scheme to improve the reception area, dating back to the 1950s. Working closely with Liverpool City Council and Central Library, they executed a responsive, results-focused vision to improve user experience and accessibility for all. Most pertinently, their goal was to save the Hornby Collection, the Picton Reading Room and the William Brown Library – the building’s archive facilities and heritage spaces.
A delicate balancing act was required to conserve its heritage whilst creating world-class public facilities in an exciting, 21st century environment to house the more modern additions to the library.
Maggie led the development of this venture from its conception in the early days all the way through to the delivery of a £50 million PFI project by Shepherd Construction. Completed in 2013, Liverpool Central Library is the second most-visited family history centre in the country, and has received many prestigious awards for design and civic contribution: RIBA North West Regional Award (2014); RIBA North West Conservation Award (2014) and LABC North West Building Excellence Awards: Regional Winner (2013).