Take a virtual tour of the Passmore Edwards Centre
The Passmore Edwards Centre
Posted on: 6 July 2012
You may not have visited the new Passmore Edwards Centre in Newton Abbot yet, so here’s your chance to take a virtual tour.
The landmark has recently undergone a multi-million pound revamp to turn it into a new multi-service facility that houses a modern library, adult and community learning facility, and services that are supporting people with learning disabilities, as well as an IT suite, WIFI technology, café and meeting rooms available for local groups to use.
The spacious library is on the open-plan ground and boasts a dedicated teenage section, a railway-themed children’s library, a comfortable space for families and, of course, plenty of books!
Step this way……!
The Passmore Edwards Centre in Newton Abbot has undergone an extensive multi-million pound redevelopment to turn it into a new multi-service facility
Residents were invited for a sneak peek behind the scenes before it officially opened for business
The building was named in honour of John Passmore Edwards, a Victorian philanthropist who generously gave it to the town at the turn of the 20th century
The renovation uncovered a beautiful 100-year-old mosaic of the town's crest in the entrance hall
The new entrance area is spacious and light
There is plenty of space for people to move around and discover the ground floor library and cafe
The new 21st century library on the ground floor is packed full of books for you to choose from, and it's right next to the cafe
There's plenty of comfortable seating in the library so you can sit and enjoy reading
There are plenty of books - something for everyone!
The special teenage section has comfy chairs, computers and plenty of books chosen by local youngsters
The children's library is huge!
It's railway themed, with local children suggesting fairytale landmarks for the giant wall map
There's plenty of space for all sorts of activities in the children's library
New self- service machines mean you can check your own items in and out of the library, even when its closed
There's also a selection of books in the entrance area, so books are available when the library is closed
A second entrance means youngsters can head straight for the children's library and teenage section
The special IT Suite boasts the latest technology, and wifi is available throughout the building
There's a small meeting room on the ground floor available for people to use
The new cafe, run by The County Table, is a great place to meet with friends for a quick drink or a bite to eat, and you can take a book to read too
There are plenty of homemade tasty treats on offer
The outside courtyard area has a special storytime chair
The extension to the rear of the building allows for the new cafe and a lift so everyone can access the upper floors easily
There's plenty of seating outside in the courtyard garden area
Original stained glass windows are an impressive feature
There are plenty of public access PCs on the first floor
The Railway Studies Collection on the first floor is the second largest collection of railway studies materials outside York’s National Railway Museum
Upstairs there's lots of space for quiet studying
The reference section is on the first floor, along with local history
Plenty of tables and chairs, and soft seating means there's lots of room to study in the reference section and Railway Studies Collection material
Interesting displays showing historic artefacts from local history
Adult and Community Learning facilities are spacious and well equipped
Hot desks and office space on the second floor
Break-out area on the first floor - you can even plug your laptop into the sofa!
Large rooms on the first floor for adult and community learning classes, or available to book for meetings
There are plenty of different rooms to accommodate a number of different activities, and various sized groups
The Adult and Community Learning Service have courses to suit everyone's needs
The original staircase has been preserved
An impressive feature winding down from the top floor
The sensory room used by the Learning Disability Service
There's also space for different therapies
As well as a special bathroom with all the necessary hoists and equipment
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