Oswestry School

Library Design & Renovation

Based on the Shropshire-Wales border, Oswestry School is a 600-year-old co-educational boarding and day school, being the second oldest ‘free’-school in the country. The school had identified that they were in need of a showcase academic Library that would market the school to prospective parents and provide a welcoming environment that would be a magnet for pupils, as both a teaching space and a social area.

Other priorities included turning the underutilised space into a state-of-the-art facility, and improving the ‘feel’ of the space, and achieving the leadership team’s vision of ‘walking into a book.’ As well as the challenges of working with an older building, the leadership team were keen to incorporate a variety of reading spaces to attract students, as well as being able to facilitate larger class sizes.