Wollongong City Library (NSW)

Project: Scoping and Concept Planning Project – Helensburgh Branch Library

Project Description:

Initial scoping and concept planning for the future upgrade / replacement of the current Helensburgh Branch Library.

This included:

  • Community Consultation (Workshops and community survey)
  • Demographic analysis – future trends
  • A building audit / assessment and report (current library)
  • Review of public library trends in both service delivery and design
  • A location analysis i.e. analysis of the current branch location and other potential locations
  • An initial review of a draft design brief

Project Outcomes:

A comprehensive and consolidated report regarding the current state and future options for Helensburgh Branch Library.

Bathurst City Library (NSW)


Project: Library Building for the Future

Project Description: RHCS undertook a comprehensive review and audit of the current Bathurst City Library. The audit utilised the RHCS library building audit tool based on the standards and principles of People places: A guide for public library buildings in NSW.

 Project Outcomes:

  • Full building condition report, with reference to current library and building standards
  • A library futures report containing recommendations for the redevelopment and refurbishment of the current building
  • A site plan with layout options and recommendations

Lotus Children’s Centre School Library (Mongolia)

Lotus Children’s Centre School Library






Library Design Brief

Project Description: This project was undertaken pro bono for the Rotary Club of Wahroonga (NSW) and involved the development of a comprehensive report and planning document regarding the setting up of a school library for the Lotus Children’s Centre. The report and planning document included site requirements and recommendations in the following areas:

  • Furniture and fittings
  • Shelving
  • Collections
  • Technology
  • Staffing
  • Partnership and collaboration
  • Layout / floor plan design

Contact: Roger Henshaw

Clarence Valley Library Service (NSW)

Library Service Infrastructure Review

A comprehensive review of all library branch infrastructures against all current library and building standards; Occupational Health & Safety standards etc – the project outcomes included a comprehensive infrastructure report and individual report by branch i.e.:

    • Production of building condition reports for each branch with recommendations
    • Production of branch building area data sheets based on current standards i.e. service based floor space calculations and associated requirements (these can be used by Architects as a design brief)
    • Infrastructure Report incorporating the findings and recommendations of the building condition reports, service based requirements and recommendations

Clarence Valley Council has since recommended the building of a new central library (Grafton Branch)