The Added Value
Sustainable credentials of the new library include a ground source heat pump, grey water harvesting and green sedum room. The development achieved a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM environmental rating.
ISG employed precision GPS technology to ensure the angles for the complex structure were accurate and a temporary pontoon structure was installed on the quay area as the building has a rake angle of approximately 55° and overhangs the water from the second storey upwards. The project was the winner of a special Civic Trust Award, being the Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design. It was also awarded a Regional Award by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).