So thrilled to see the display panels beginning to come off the press at Anglia Graphics! We can’t wait for them to be put up at the end of next week. The artwork looks fantastic, artist Jo Tunmer has done a great job in combining the drawings into a magical landscape. So so excited to see this taking shape.
Great news for a Friday afternoon! Huge thanks to the brilliant Anglia Graphics in Swavesey who’ve agreed to support our The Art of Reading project by printing the hoardings at a significantly reduced price. The project will now cost a total of £2,750 and having raised a magnificent £1,250 from 62 donors, as well as funds from the City Council and other sponsors, we’re just a few hundred pounds short of our target! Here’s a glimpse of what’s to come – one of the stretches of artwork created from some of the children’s drawings by the fantastic Patsy Rathbone! Do help us reach the target by heading to our Crowdfunding page if you haven’t already given!
Our JustGiving Crowdfunding page
Big thanks to young filmmaker Ciaran Tunmer who has made this short film about the day we spent at his former school, Milton Road Primary School, as part of our The Art of Reading project. Enjoy! And please share…
As agreed the portico from the old building will be reinstated as the entrance to the new facility. The stonework was carefully removed and stored before the main demolition started. Work to clear the site has, however, had to be put on hold at present because more contamination was unexpectedly found beneath the building and removing it needs careful planning.
Milton Road Library is a valued and important civic building in this residential area between Chesterton and Arbury. It has recently been demolished as part of a redevelopment plan to create an improved library and community space (with flats above). There will be a much improved garden area as part of this with doors out from the children’s area plus places to sit and plants and trees to enjoy. We plan for it to be inviting and welcoming for all (not just library users).
A number of trees were removed and all have been fully pollarded to clear access. What had been a green and leafy corner passed by hundreds of people each day has become a blank building site surrounded by large hoardings – these will be there until March 2019 at the earliest.
Our plan is for a project that is as joyous and inclusive as possible, involving our youngest members of our communities and their families and educators. Members of the library steering group and artist Jo Tunmer ran a whole day workshop last Friday involving the whole of Milton Road Primary School. In doing so the children were asked:
- What’s your favourite book/author?
- Where do you like reading?
- Where’s the most surprising place you’ve read/been read to?
- Who is your favourite reading companion? Can you describe them and draw them?
- Can you describe and draw a fantastical place you would like to read in?
A total of 253 pieces of art were created and elements from them will be included in the new coverings for the hoarding. It is expected that some of the work will also be displayed in the new library when it reopens.
Friends of Milton Road Library plan to work with the County Council and the developers to transform the hoardings around the current building site with some of the drawings, creating a temporary gallery that celebrates the children’s creativity and that everyone can enjoy. To do this we need to raise funds. www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/theartofreading
Today every child in a local primary school has been involved in a project run by volunteers and the Friends of Milton Road Library called The Art of Reading. The children have been thinking about the stories they enjoy, and produced some wonderful drawings and writing.
The organisers hope to take some of the children’s drawings and use them to transform the ugly grey hoardings around the new library building site into a fantastic temporary artwork for everyone to enjoy. The children’s work will be displayed for a year or so while the new library is being built, turning the site into a vibrant celebration of the creativity of the Milton Road community.
Although everyone involved is donating their time for free, it would cost about £4,000 to produce enough panels cover the entire hoarding. We hope the council and developers will help, but we are also running a fundraising campaign and hope that you can help. The more we raise, the bigger the display will be. Please, donate what you can – even a small gift will help make this idea a reality! And please tell your family and friends, share it on social media, and do get in touch if you have any ideas about how to make this happen!
The building contractor, Coulsons, sent an update to all local residents and stakeholders.
Further to our letter on the 30th November 2017, Coulsons can confirm a revised official start date of Monday 26th February 2018. You will note preliminary works have been carried out over the last month, which include tree and stone work removal, the front stone will be reinstated on front elevation of the new building, allowing the feel of the old build to be retained.
We will continue with preliminary works over the course of this week, with additional hoarding to be erected to the
site perimeter and the installation of site entrance gates as per the below plan, the site will also receive delivery of welfare units on Tuesday 20.02.18 and Wednesday 21.02.18. With this in mind, we respectfully request the parking bays on Ascham Road in front of the below gates are left clear as of Tuesday 20.02.18 AM, we will place ‘no waiting cones’ at 6am on Tuesday 20.02.18. Your cooperation on this item would be greatly appreciated and will allow for smooth egress and ingress to and from site, limiting disruption to the Ascham/ Milton Road junction.
Read the rest here:
MRL Resident Letter 19.02.18-2
The County Council has now moved on with their project to replace our library with a new one, complete with community facilities as well.
The original library building closed on 10th November and for now we have a temporary facility in a mobile library further up Ascham Rd by the school. There is a good range of books, including for children, and the same hours as the library
The Coulson Building Group were appointed as the design and build contractors for this project. One of the strong features of our library, the entrance way portico, is to be saved and reconstructed on the new building.
The contractors are now about to demolish the old building. Construction is expected to be completed and the new building open within a year.
After consultation and agreement with local residents, Friends of the Milton Road Library and other stakeholders, revised plans were received and validated by the council’s planning office on 23 November 2016.
“16/2060/FUL | Erection of a mixed-use development comprising a library and community facility at ground floor with seven residential flats on the upper floors (comprising two x 2 bed units and five x 1 bed units) along with cycle parking and associated landscaping, following the demolition of the existing building on site. | Milton Road Library Ascham Road Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB4 2BD”
The application was granted permission on 11 August 2017. Details of the application can be viewed on Cambridge Council’s Planning website as application 16/2060/FUL.
Further work has been completed on developing the library to be a community hub with library and community facilities. Having obtained planning consent work is now in progress to confirm certain matters and to complete the necessary legal arrangements.
The Coulson Building Group has been appointed as the design and build contractors for this project. The contractors are now in a position to begin on the detailed design stage, and this will take around 12 weeks. The construction programme will be developed by the contractors. It is hoped that construction will begin towards the end of 2017, and is expected to be completed within a year.
During the demolition and build period temporary mobile library provision will be made available: one of the mobile library lorries will be made available in the Roger Ascham site next to Milton Road school. It will unfortunately only have a much smaller stock of books than we are used to and no IT facilities. Arbury library will however be open for additional house each week. Full details on the temporary arrangements we will publish once finalised by the Library Service.