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Thornton Heath Library

The refurbishment of an Edwardian library in south London

The refurbishment of the library includes a new pre-cast concrete entrance pavilion - with large cast concrete lettering - plus two further extensions at the rear that open up access to previously unused parts of the original Edwardian library.

The interior has been completely refurbished and FAT have also designed the bespoke shelving and built-in furniture inside.

The brief was to expand the existing facility to offer a lending library, a reading area and café, a homework space, computers, a children’s library and community meeting rooms.

The library is now fully accessible and a number of original architectural features, including timber mouldings around the octagon at the plan’s centre, have been rescued from burial under previous alterations.

Professional Team 

  • Architect: FAT
  • Client: London Borough of Croydon
  • Structural engineer: Fluid Structures
  • Services engineer: Edmond Shipway
  • Cost consultant: Mace Sense
  • CDM coordinator: Mace Sustain
  • Project manager: Mace
  • Main contractor: Killby
  • Specialist joinery: Killby


  • Precast concrete: Evans Concrete Products