PADGATE Library will reopen next week after a major renovation.

The £142,000 makeover included the removal of the building's canopy and porch area, the replacement of windows and glass panels in the roof and improved external lighting.

Inside, the Insall Road library has been repainted and remodelled with a new space for activities and community use.

It is set to welcome users again from Monday, June 28.

Livewire managing director Emma Hutchinson said: “We are delighted that the new look Padgate Library will soon be opening its doors again, and we’re looking forward to showing off the improvements that will ensure the community has a modern, multi-functional library space to enjoy.

"We would like to thank the Friends of Padgate Library for all their dedication and time and all the members of the working group for their enthusiasm and support on the renovation of the library.”

Warrington Borough Council’s executive board member for neighbourhoods and communities Cllr Tony Higgins added: “It’s absolutely fantastic news that the renovation of Padgate Library is now complete, and the new look building is ready to reopen for the whole community to enjoy.

"These improvements have given the library a new lease of life and visitors can look forward to a welcoming, attractive and flexible space, ready to support a wide range of activities for people of all ages.

"It’s the latest success story for our libraries modernisation programme, which is transforming library buildings and services across the borough."

And the friends' group has also welcomed the redevelopment.

Member Howard Cockcroft said: “We are thrilled that Padgate Library is reopening after this major investment and redevelopment and look forward to welcoming the community through the doors to enjoy the range of services and activities on offer.

"The library is an example of how partnership working can reap worthwhile rewards, and we would like to thank Livewire staff for all their hard work on the project and WBC for the investment.”