Enfield Town Library.

Enfield Town library embodies the Council’s vision of a friendly, accessible and welcoming building, more like a bookshop than a traditional library. The library won ‘Best Built Project’ at the London Planning Awards in January 2011, where the main glazed entrance elevation and glass link were praised for their 'bold and successful architectural intervention'.



project details

  • The glass walls of the new extension are laminated for safety and on the first floor a glass beam has been included due to the span of the double glazed units.
  • The glass link brings natural light into the heart of the space and connects the old library to the new building, with minimal visual impact.
  • The glass roof is supported on tapered glass beams and includes a steel mesh interlayer to provide a small amount of shading.
  • The automatic entrance doors are linked to the security and fire systems, and can also be operated from the main desk.

rural project overview

Shepheard Epstein Hunter Architecture

North London


George Sharman