Council leader reopens new-look Ruislip Manor Library
Wednesday 15 January: The Leader of Hillingdon Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot officially reopened Ruislip Manor Library on Tuesday 14 January following refurbishment works.
Cllr Puddifoot cut the ribbon to mark the occasion alongside the Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr David Yarrow. They were also joined by ward councillors, council employees, residents and year 5 pupils from nearby Lady Bankes Junior School who performed a series of poems.
The library was transformed in 12 weeks as part of a new £3 million two-year refurbishment programme that will see the borough's libraries enhanced to improve resident experience.
The new-look interior, which is predominantly open plan, now has distinct zones, highlighting that each area has a different use. The zones have been created through the use of a varied colour palette of pinks, blues, greys and a warm white, and contrasting materials or features, such as carpets, vinyl flooring, different types of lighting, slatted timber and acoustic panels.
Acoustic disc-shaped panels have been installed in the children's area. These are a range of colours and not only provide a contemporary and fun look and feel but also condense sound.
In the study area and IT room, bespoke tables have been installed. The study area has plug-in points for visitors bringing laptops and the IT room has bigger tables for computers, so that those using them have more space for other items such as books and guides.
In the main area, the existing sofas and chairs have been reupholstered to complement the new colour scheme. Bookshelves have been modified to create more floor space, and new metal dividers that slot into the shelving units mark the different sections.
Leader of Hillingdon Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, said: "Our libraries are well-used community hubs and we recognise their importance to local residents. While other boroughs are cutting library services, we are continuing to invest in our facilities to ensure they look fresh and welcoming, and meet the modern day needs of visitors.
"Ruislip Manor Library's new-look is fantastic and I hope that local residents and the wider community enjoy the newly revitalised space."
Ruislip Manor resident Derek Kendall is delighted with the new look. He said: "Keeping libraries open is great. The library has easy parking and the refurbishment is fantastic. Staff are nice and always cheerful."
Each library refurbishment will aim to follow the same design principles to ensure a consistent look and feel. However, as each library interior is unique, some features may need to be adapted.
Charville Library is currently closed as part of the programme and this will be followed by Harefield Library in February. They are both due to reopen in March.
For more information about Hillingdon's libraries, please visit: www.hillingdon.gov.uk/libraries