Ada Belfield Centre and Belper Library for Derbyshire County Council

Glancy Nicholls Architects


A welcoming and contemporary building enhancing its location, with facilities open to the wider community, this mix of residential accommodation for those living with Dementia and a new public library, breathes new life back into the former Thornton’s factory, situated within a UNESCO World Heritage site.

A building of quality, using local stone, responding to its context and re-using existing building fabric: enshrining the notion that care for the elderly is not something to be hidden away; the community asset of a new library; new civic space; and good use of brownfield land is a welcome addition to Belper.

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