3 March 2017

Weston Library Shortlisted for Civic Trust Award

The transformation of the Weston Library has been nominated for a prize in the 2017 Civic Trust Awards.

The winners will be announced at an awards event on March 10 at the Guildhall in Winchester. The Weston made it through an initial field of 247 nominations to appear on a shortlist of 53 entries that will receive either a Civic Trust Award or a commendation.

 It’s also in the running for one of five Special Awards for success in specific areas. These range from the judges’ favourite among all the entries to the project with the strongest sustainability credentials. Prizes will be presented by writer, architect and TV presenter George Clarke and Civic Trust Awards Managing Director Malcolm Hankey.

The new Weston Library opened in March 2015 after a three-year redevelopment of the building formerly known as the New Bodleian. It now houses the 2.5 million volumes that make up the Library’s special collections, including Shakespeare’s First Folio and four copies of the Magna Carta. The £80m project’s objectives also included modernising the outdated and energy-inefficient facilities and making the Library accessible to all, without compromising the historic building's design. Designed by architects WilkinsonEyre, the building also features an exquisite atrium, café and exhibition spaces. It has already been nominated for several awards, including the 2016 RIBA Stirling Prize – the UK’s most prestigious architectural accolade.