'Save our library' battle as historic building set to be bulldozed

A petition has been launched to save the town's main library
Nuneaton's main library -Credit:Google Street map

A 'save our library' petition has been launched as Nuneaton town centre's historic building is set to be bulldozed. It calls on Warwickshire County Council to have a re-think about part of its Justice Walk development.

It comes after the £20m development, which will boast a new library, offices and up to 65 homes in the Vicarage Street area, was approved. It means that the library, which has stood on the corner of Vicarage Street for decades, will go.

The Twentieth Century Society, known as C20, made two attempts to stop the building from being demolished and fought to get it listed status, but both were unsuccessful. Now a new online petition has been launched in a last-gasp attempt to save the building, which was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd, best known for designing the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

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The petition reads: "Nuneaton Library is a marvellous piece of mid-century design created by a pioneer of British modern architecture, Sir Frederick Gibberd. It bears significant cultural and historical value not only to Nuneaton residents but to art and architecture appreciators all over Britain.

"Replacing this unique character building with some faceless, basic block of bricks and glass that only repeats thousands of other similar projects raised across the country is unacceptable. Especially taking into account that demolition and rebuild costs are higher than the fix and maintenance costs for keeping the heritage building.

"Kindly reconsider the demolition of Sir Gibberd's Library and discuss with the contractor other ways to organically fit it into the upcoming project." The county council has previously said that the Justice Walk development will bring much needed regeneration to this part of town.

While no official date for the works has been given, CoventryLive was told that early works are set to begin in the summer. The petition has been officially submitted and can be found on the county council's website, under its petition section here.

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