Western Bank Library


The Arts Tower and Library, designed by Gollins Melvin Ward 1956–65, were among the first major works to be undertaken by British universities in the post-war period. They have become landmark buildings, now listed Grade II*.  Our refurbishment of the Library, addresses the typical issues of working with large post-war buildings which, though advanced for their date, are now in need of significant improvement to meet current performance expectations and operational requirements. The challenge is to find ways of achieving these objectives within a conservation framework that honours the character of the buildings as originally designed.


RICS Awards – Shortlisted in the Building Conservation category
Sheffield Design Awards – Winner
RIBA White Rose Awards – Conservation Award
Interiors Award
Gold Award


All Conservation & Regeneration, Complete, Conservation & Regeneration, Culture, Education, Exhibitions, Explore, Further & Higher Education, Grade II* Listed, Interiors Hotels & Hospitality, Libraries, Post 1900, Refurbishment, Sheffield, UK, Western Bank Library, Work,

Upgrade of Grade II Listed University library

Location Sheffield, UK

Area 11,160m²

Status Complete

Photographer Tom de Gay