• Client – Libraries NI
  • Contract Value – £1.1M stg.
  • Timeline – October 2012 – March 2015


2017 RICS Awards for NI – Finalist

2015 Royal Town Planning Institute Award for Lisnaskea Library for Rural Areas sponsored by DSD NI

2015 NI CEF Awards Lisnaskea Library runner-up in Health & Education category



The new building for Libraries NI in Lisnaskea is located on the site of 2 derelict properties.  As the site is within a Conservation Area there was a planning presumption in favour of retention. However, it was seen as an opportunity to enhance the Conservation Area with a building of its time. The building is a contemporary insertion, sympathetic in scale, massing and design. The modern design reflects its civic importance whilst respecting the scale of the Main St.  The double height hall is expressed externally by planar glazing.  Light wells scoop light deep into the plan to make it as airy and bright as possible.

The project faced many complications; a sloping site down from the busy Main St. to mews lane and car park at the rear; the adjoining properties leaned-in over the site boundary; asbestos was present on the site and a water spring was located in the middle of the site. Despite these challenges, we succeeded in completing the building under budget and in time.  Overall it has had a positive impact on the Town; providing the whole community a range of fully accessible services and spaces.

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Keys and Monaghan Architects

12 Main St,
BT94 1GJ

M TEK Building,
Armagh Rd,
H18 KO38

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