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Artizan Street Library and Community Centre

A view of the front of the Artizan Street Library

Project team

Client: City of London Corporation
Architect: Cartwright Pickard Architects
Contractor: United House


A new Library and Community Centre was required for the Middlesex Street Estate. This was constructed as a separate building within an existing car park and loading bay. New facilities include a lending library, crèche, toilets, community space and a site management space. The building had to fit within the existing design loads and so was formed from lightweight construction. Despite this some innovative reinforcing of the existing concrete structure by bonded carbon fibre plates was required.

Our role

The District Surveyor's Office were involved with the design process from an early stage and advised on the impacts of the new building upon the existing car park, loading bay and adjacent retail units. Complicated interactions with the existing structure and services were managed to ensure there were no negative impacts upon residents.

This was part of a bigger project to provide new social housing in the City of London for which we also provided building control services.

We have extensive experience in community facilities, including schools and healthcare. If you are contemplating this type of project, we are happy to assist you with any Building Regulation queries you may have and offer free pre-application advice. Please call 020 7332 1000 or email the District Surveyor's Office.

Our staff

Project Surveyor: Mark Pundsack 
Drainage Engineer: John Gode

08 January 2016
Last Modified:
14 May 2019