Coatbridge Library

About the project

Client: Clyde Valley Housing Association
Form of contract: Traditional
Project value: £2m

Scottish Home Awards 2019:

  • Winner, Renovation of the Year


This project saw the conversion of the dis-used, Category B Listed, former Carnegie Library in Coatbridge into 12 flats of affordable housing.  Built in 1905, the building occupied a significant place in the townscape and was of important architectural, social and cultural existence.

The changes included demolition of the rear book stacks, and the addition of new access decks, stair towers and floors to suit domestic use.  The north gable wall of the original book stacks was retained to form the courtyard garden and amenity space with 12 flats being inserted into the remaining building.

The building had to undergo significant external fabric repairs with the exterior stonework and roof being repaired and the communal areas retaining their existing detailing after being repaired and redecorated.

The project has been well received with the local community as outlined by a selection of comments left at an open day after completion:

“Stunning! Amazing job, well done. What a transformation. Hope I get allocated one!”

So amazing, this should be lessons learned for Councils”

‘Superb development, excellent standard throughout”

“Absolutely breath-taking, wonderful use of space. Love the gables and garden. This is the standard now for public housing!”

“Fantastic renovation of an iconic building”

 The project is discussed in more detail in the below video:

Coatbridge Library Completion Video