Bisset Adams works on Guildhall Library

Bisset Adams is undertaking a £1.7m redesign of the Guildhall Library in London, the library’s first major refurbishment since it opened in 1974.

The City of London Corporation, which owns the library, appointed the consultancy in November 2008, following a three-way pitch against the JDS Group and library design group Demco Interiors.

The library specialises in the history of London and the City, its 1970s building abutting the 15th-century Guildhall, which is home to the corporation.

Bisset Adams is creating a reception area and a dedicated entrance, modernising the reading rooms and designing a new training area. This will allow the City Business Library to relocate to the Guildhall Library. There will no longer be room at the Guildhall Library for the prints and maps section, so this will move to the London Metropolitan Archives, which Bisset Adams redesigned last year. Building work on the Guildhall Library will start in May, with completion scheduled for December.

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