chapter  7
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A Great Opportunity: Redeveloping Library Space

BySheila Cannell

The opportunity to redevelop a library can at ¿rst sight seem like a poor relation to the opportunity of designing an entirely new library. This chapter suggests that redevelopments need not be considered second best. In the present economic climate, they are now much more likely than a new build. A redevelopment can be more intellectually challenging than a new build, with more issues to address. There is a greater likelihood of getting it right, because those involved in the redevelopment will already know a lot about their building, and what works and what does not work in the space. All capital projects have the opportunity to improve the service – redevelopments have a particular opportunity and obligation to build in Àexibility so that the next generation can continue to respond easily to changing needs.