Paignton Library first library opened December 18th 1935. At that time borrowers were allowed one fiction and one non-fiction ticket and children over the age of 12 were permitted to use the children’s section. There had clearly been a need for a library in Paignton, as evidenced by the marked decline in book issues at Torquay following Paington’s opening.
It was another 25 years before Paignton had a purpose built library at ground level in the pleasant surroundings of Victoria Park. That building opening in Courtland Road on July 25th 1961 and cost £29,000 and at the time was the biggest branch of the Devon County Council. Today Paignton Library is located on Station Lane and we were tasked with providing a range of interior design and joinery services for this prestigious local project.
Bespoke Interior Lighting
The interior finishes were based on themes associated with the local area including the railway and Paignton’s 1930’s heyday. In addition to this we identified and briefed site specific art installations, wayfinding signage and the design of the coffee shop.
Finally via another client within Torbay Council, we provided a design and build solution for the Connections department. This included a reception desk and waiting area for customers to access a wide range of public sector services.
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