Construction UK Construction Directory
Time and date
Share this page
Construction News

Refurb Work At Minehead Library Complete

Construction News Image
Refurbishment work at a library in Somerset has been completed.

Minehead Library has officially reopened in Bancks Street after significant improvements to make the facilities more accessible, modern, and energy efficient.

When the library opened in 1962 it won a Civic Trust Award, but after nearly sixty years of service the building was in need of upgrading. The roof was at the end of its operational life, the fabric of the building needed updating, and the building had poor thermal efficiency.

After analysing options, including alternative sites, Somerset County Council found the most cost-effective option was to refurbish the existing site.

-- Advertisement --

This week, following £857,800 of investment, the refurbished library reopened to visitors with a new extension, triple-glazed windows, an air source heat pump, solar panels, underfloor heating, and much improved thermal insulation.

Sue Crowley, Somerset County Council Strategic Manager for Libraries and Registration Services, said: "I hope everybody will enjoying using this new space, the transformation is great to see.

"The reach of Minehead Library goes far beyond the immediate community of Minehead. Regular users come from as far as Nether Stowey in one direction and right across Exmoor in the other, providing a focal point for this part of Somerset.

"The team in Minehead have been truly resilient throughout the project despite the various disruptions.

"We now have a library which I hope will take us forward for the next 60 years and we want to get the word out there that the library is back home and open for business as usual."

Latest Construction News


RED Construction South West has been selected to develop the £20 million net zero carbon ZEAL Hotel in Exeter. It is the third project that the RED SW management team have delivered for the client, and will be the first ZEAL Hotel. Established in 2012 with the specific aim of developing hotels in

Natural resources and energy company Peel NRE, part of regeneration business Peel L&P, has acquired the Fiddler's Ferry Power Station from energy company SSE Thermal ahead of producing a 10 to 15-year mixed-use masterplan for the 820-acre site. The power station and its eight cooling towers sits ne

Construction work is progressing well on the third phase of the Castleward development in Derby city centre. The scheme is part of a £100 million regeneration project. Regeneration specialist Compendium Living, Derby City Council, Lovell and Riverside marked the occasion with a breaking-ground c

Wates Smartspace has been chosen to deliver a full-line fit-out on behalf of Marks and Spencer (M&S) at the new £60 million Stane Retail Park in Colchester. The new contract adds to Wates Smartspace's existing project portfolio on behalf of M&S, which to-date has seen the business deliver 220 food

Goodman has announced plans to redevelop the 60-acre brownfield site into a state-of-the-art commercial park, providing space for customers operating across the manufacturing, distribution and logistics sectors. Adjacent to Junction 11A of the M1 and just 17 miles from the M25, the site's strategi

HS2 has unveiled updated designs for the Amersham vent shaft headhouse, one of five structures that will provide ventilation and emergency access to the high-speed rail line's 10 mile-long Chiltern tunnel. Set in the middle of a road junction just outside the town, the new designs will see the heig

A ceramic tile firm has officially opened an eco-friendly design hub at Liverpool Waters. All The Shapes Tile & Co. have opened a 9,000 sq ft showroom which aims to be at the forefront of material innovation and the sustainable design movement. Founder James Lambert's vision was to create a 'futur

We Are Pioneer Group (WAPG) has announced a new virtual Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (CPPA) with Ray Valley Solar, an Oxfordshire-based solar farm. The agreement sees four locations from the WAPG portfolio become the first science parks in the UK to source green electricity from a single, de

EnduroSat, one of the fastest growing companies in the aerospace industry on the continent, takes an innovative approach to the office fit-out and refurbishment of their new HQ. They have 3,200 sq.m. of office space, including a 700 sq.m. laboratory for testing and assembling nanosatellites. The i

Construction work is to commence on the next phase of a project to improve safety and reduce congestion on the M11 at Junction 8 near Bishops Stortford. Following completion of preliminary investigatory work, the existing A120 roundabout will now be removed. This is ahead of the construction of a n
Stuart CanvasKP Acoustics LtdHarmoney Consulting GroupBest BrickworkGuardtech CleanroomsUK Curtain Walling LtdBailey Paints LtdShop Granite Setts LtdUrban Marque LtdT & D Glazing And Installation Limited
Terms and Conditions