Dartford Library

The refurbishment of the library has benefited us greatly. It is a real success story all round

Penny Southern | Director of Disabled Children, Adults Learning Disability & Mental Health​​

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Kent County Council needed to commission upgrades to Dartford Library, an iconic 100-year old listed building.

The Council wanted to integrate Dartford Borough Museum with the library and also reinstate the well-known Sir Peter Blake Gallery, whilst preserving the building’s cultural heritage.

The children's area was significantly improved by making it lighter and brighter - which encourages more users to sit, read and enjoy the visitor experience. Existing bookshelves and central marble staircase were refurbished, new bathroom facilities and a disabled-access lift were installed to allow for all-inclusive for residents and visitors.

This project created new facilities for the Good Day Programme, an adult social care initiative set up by Kent County Council to teach independent living skills. Users of the programme now benefit from a dedicated kitchen and dining area, activity/quiet room and meeting space.

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PROJECT STATISTICS

Sector

Local authority

Client satisfaction

9/10

Local labour within 20 miles

50%

Local spend within 20 miles

94%

Social value generated

£2,500

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