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Nicholson Sheffield Architects Inc.

358 Talbot Street

London, Ontario

N6A 2R6

T. 519.673.1190

John Nicholson

Jim Sheffield

Gerald Gallacher

Walter Derhak

The London Public Library's Central Branch

London, Ontario

The Central Branch of the London Public Library is a successful redevelopment of a department store in a multi-storey shopping centre in downtown London. The project included complete renovation of the existing structure, including a new exterior – which has become a distinct feature of London’s downtown and a signature part of its successful redevelopment.

Design for the project also included Wolf Performance Hall, a late addition to the project that followed a successful fundraising initiative. The Hall seats 380 people and is located near the main entrance for the library.

Working with Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners our firm worked closely with library administration and staff to complete a functional plan and design. The library was awarded the 2003 City of London Urban Design Award for Outstanding Entry in Any Category.

Our team was recognized for leadership in a public consultation process and for addressing the Library’s accessibility issues. The design team was collectively awarded a Green Brick Award for the public consultation process, and for “the innovative reconstruction of an existing building in the heart of London, a key component to the renewal of downtown.”