Library Life To Coffee Shop Culture
Former Bilton Library, The Old Vicarage, Bilton Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Photo Courtesy of Peter Wilson
For some time we have yearned for one of these former libraries as a project. Too many other adventures just now, but maybe this is food for thought for a reader of the Bulletin out there somewhere. Especially given the nature of this edition’s accent on authorship and writing for a living.
The principle we would advocate for this building is to keep the core function of a library. But to add an internet cafe and coffee shop into the mix. Plus convert the upstairs to residential use (subject to planning permission). It was previously a vicarage so residential change-of-use must stand a good chance – click here. This handsome Grade II listed detached property certainly has enough room with around 2,800 square feet to play with.
Harrogate Adventure – The Old Library Interior
This would give someone, possibly a couple, a new home and workplace. We cannot guarantee it would work, but when we completed a similar project, transforming an old derelict pub and restoring it to meaningful use the results were very positive. Giving up the booze part and changing the beverage to coffee. Plus food, with an internet cafe included, we were shocked at how well the thing took off. Created 9 new jobs such was the popularity of the new place.
That was from a ruinous old pub. This library is far from that. The Harrogate book reservoir is a decent building to start with, and in the scheme of things a fair amount of property for the money. Plus the potential for employment and the nice part – meeting interesting people each day. This library is also set in a nice leafy part of town – click here for a 360 degree wander around on Google Streetview. If this building and project captures your imagination, please let us know how you get on? Click Here.
Location: Former Bilton Library, The Old Vicarage, Bilton Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 3DT
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