The existing George Green Library of Science & Engineering on the university’s campus will be refurbished and have a new wing added. Galliford Try will have to work around students and keep the noise down as all library services and facilities must remain open at all times during the work.
The extension will double the size of the existing library, with more student study spaces and work rooms, as well as providing a new catering outlet and computer work stations.
The project is designed by Hopkins Architect with Arup as structural and services engineers. Faithful & Gould is project manager and Turner & Townsend is cost manager.
The redevelopment will involve the complete refurbishment and overhaul of the existing library, including a new facade. This cladding will be continuous around both the new and refurbished element to ensure it acts as one building.
To achieve a BREEAM 'excellent' rating, the building will be connected to the university's district heating system and will also include turbo-core chillers on the air handling units, rainwater harvesting and photovoltaic panels for electricity generation.
Work will start this summer and complete in early 2015.