Bristol Central Library, a Grade 1 listed building completed in 1906, was designed by Charles Holden. A current renovation project is underway to maintain the upper floors of the library whilst redeveloping the lower two floors to become part of the Bristol Cathedral Primary School
“Classrooms are to be arranged on two levels around the perimeter of the building, where they have the best access to natural light and ventilation, all accessed off the central hall. A new entrance is to be formed within the original loading bay to provide access from College Square to the south and link with the adjoining school buildings each side of this square.” writes Mackenzie Wheeler architects who are designing this exciting new space to complement the Arts and Craft style of the original building and surrounding group of historic buildings around College Green.
“The constraints of working within the Grade 1 listed building has generated a distinctive but highly effective layout. This, alongside the unique styling of the interior spaces developed in response to the original Arts & Craft architecture, will create an educational environment of a quality, style and character that is rarely achieved within usual educational budgets and procurement strategies.”
Limitless Ltd have been bought on board to bring natural light to the basement classrooms via fibre optic cables which transfer direct sunlight from a solar collector. This system actively tracks the sun and remembers the solar path from wherever it is installed, it will always be ready to transmit the suns direct rays.
Beautiful, full spectrum sunlight floods through the cables without the UV or IR