Stratford library reopens after a major refurbishment

Stratford library has re-opened to the public after a 10 month refurbishment which has seen Registration Services relocate into the building from its previous home at Winton House. The refurbishment has involved the creation of new spaces, upgrade to services infrastructure and re-fit of the ground floor library space.

Working within the listed building the scheme has required a high level of engagement with the District Council’s conservation officer and detailing sensitive to the various periods of the original building.

More detail about the scheme can be found in our previous news post.

Registration Services moved to Stratford Library

Robothams are working with Warwickshire County Council to relocate Stratford’s Registration team into the town’s library. The project will co-locate the facilities to improve services for the public as well as locating the ceremony room in the building’s historic heart.


Warwickshire County Council’s press release said;

“Stratford-upon-Avon Library is to start a new chapter in 2017 with the opening of a new ceremony room for weddings.

The historic library building, next door to Shakespeare’s Birthplace on Henley Street, will accommodate Stratford’s Registration Office from the end of the year with marriage ceremonies being offered from February 2017.

The move comes as the Registration Office’s lease at Winton House on Church Street expires. Although the county council was able to secure a temporary lease at Winton House for an additional 12 months, a long-term solution needed to be found so that people could continue to use registration services in the centre of town.

The co-location of library and registration services will help the council to deliver better value for money by accommodating both services in one building.

Diane Lampard, Superintendent Registrar for Warwickshire County Council, said: “We are very excited by the move which will offer couples wanting to get married in Stratford a landmark location next door to Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

“The history, prominence and desirability of this location, will improve our registration offer to local and overseas customers.”

The plans include the creation of two self-contained offices for the registration of births and deaths, in addition to a ceremony space called The Henley Room on the ground floor.

The Henley Room, which will have a separate entrance to the Public Library, will be used for marriages for up to 35 guests and special library activities such as author events. The room will also unlock a historic and fascinating part of the building – the former entrance to Stratford’s Technical School – which dates back to the late 1800s.

Tracey Baker, Customer Services Manager for Warwickshire Libraries, explained that the plans have been drawn up to capitalise on existing space and that officers were given “a very strict brief” not to lose library shelving or computer facilities.

She said: “It is vitally important that any move is in the interest of all our customers and we are working hard to minimise disruption to library users.”

From mid-September work will start on the ground floor of the library and from late October a smaller pop up library will be available within the building. The town will be briefly without access to the library for a short period in early December for final works, before the building becomes fully operational in mid-December.”

3235-Stratford Library ViewAbove, concept image of the library space.

Democratic Centre for Coventry City Council

Coventry City Council have appointed Robothams to design the Democratic Centre, a refurbishment of spaces within the grade 2 listed Council House. The scheme is focused on making elected members more accessible to the public by providing committee rooms and meeting spaces adjacent to the council chamber, creating a hub for engagement with the public. The project is due for completion in 2016.

3231-Council House ExteriorExternal image of the Council House building in the city centre.

3231-Interior02Internal image of wood work in the debating chamber.

Robothams are providing multi-disciplinary design services, with team members Cundall, Couch Consulting and Jonathan Richard Associates.