Inner Temple Press Release on the development of the library

The following is the press release sent to me by Inner Temple. I publish here it in full.  My post on the development is here.

 

Project Pegasus – Redevelopment of the Inner Temple Estate

 The governing benchers and committees of the Inner Temple have been examining various proposals for the creation of new educational facilities to enable the Inn to discharge its core function of educating students, pupils and practitioners in accordance with the demands of a modern profession.

The original 1950s plans for the Treasury building provided for an additional floor and, having looked at a number other options, the Inner Temple Executive Committee has concluded that developing the current Treasury building is the preferred option.

Following consultation with the Inn’s main committees, the Inner Temple Executive Committee considered three schemes at its meeting on 21st July 2015. The majority of Committee members were of the view that the Inn should proceed with Scheme 2. This includes an additional floor, using the two western rooms of the Library in order to create a tiered auditorium and the construction of a mezzanine floor at gallery level of the Library in order to create a second additional storey. Access would be by lift from Church Court and the main entrance hallway.

The proposals have generated a lively debate during the consultation stages about the future of the Inner Temple. There is a need for the Inner Temple to have additional meeting room space.  There is a need to have educational facilities that are fit for purpose as the current Bench apartments not suitable for training purposes. There is also a need to ensure that the Library service remains a central element of the intellectual and collegiate life of the Inn.

The decision whether to proceed with any, and if so which, of these proposals lies with Bench Table, which will consider them at a meeting specially convened for that purpose on 21st October 2015.

Notes to Editors

 The follow schemes have been reviewed by committees and governing benchers of the Inner Temple:

Scheme 1 Construction of an additional storey, with access by lift from Church Court only;
Scheme 1.5 Construction of an additional storey combined with an incursion into the two western rooms of the Library in order to create a tiered auditorium. Access by lift from Church Court and the main entrance hallway.
Scheme 2 Construction of an additional storey combined with an incursion into the two western rooms of the Library in order to create a tiered auditorium and in addition the construction of a mezzanine floor at gallery level in the remainder of the Library in order to create a second additional storey. Access by lift from Church Court and the main entrance hallway.

 

  • The implementation of any of the three schemes would result in the closure of the Treasury Building, Hall and Library during part of the construction period. Alternative accommodation for the Inns activities would be found during this period.
  • Bench Table is a meeting of Masters of the Bench for the conduct of business.
  • The Executive Committee, subject to directions from Bench Table, is responsible for implementing the financial and other policies of the Society.
  • The duty of a Governing Bencher is to take an active role in the Inn and to help to support the future direction of the Inn. The affairs of the Inn shall be conducted by or under the authority of the Governing Benchers with the assistance of other members of the Society.

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