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Denny Library

Gerflor Ltd

Gerflor’s Tarasafe Standard, Taralay Impression Comfort and their award-winning Creation range for their library, the back of house WC area and stores.

Library of Birmingham

Johnstone's Trade Paints - a brand of PPG Industries

The outstanding performance characteristics of Johnstone’s Trade’s products have played an important role in the development and ongoing success of one of the UK’s most iconic new buildings, the Library of Birmingham. The building has been shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize alongside London’s The Shard and Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre. In excess of 25,000 litres of Johnstone’s paint was specified for use on the project, including 10,000 litres each of Johnstone’s Acrylic Durable Matt and Jonmat Premium Contract Matt

The University of Birmingham Library

Bailey - Total Building Envelope

The construction of the external envelope was an important part of the library’s transformation. The building has a contemporary aesthetic, which houses innovative learning tools alongside traditional resources for studying in the 21st Century and beyond. Bailey Rainscreen Cladding was fitted to the front of the library and adds vibrancy to the building, which sits at the heart of the University campus. Associated Architects chose Bailey to supply the metal cladding for the project due to its team’s expert technical knowledge and ability to respond creatively to a brief.

Lancaster University Library

Hacel Lighting Ltd

Lancaster University completes their Library refurbishment; an exciting and ambitious project to create an outstanding learning and research facility on campus. The 14,500 square foot complex first constructed in 1967, was completely re-modelled to offer a flexible, inspiring, technology-enabled environment with a range of individual and group work spaces to support different learning styles. Hacel Lighting were at the forefront to provide a host of class leading luminaires offering high performance, energy efficiency and uniform lighting to enhance the user experience.

Admixtures - The Library of Birmingham

BASF Construction Chemicals (UK) Ltd

BASF contributed to this iconic building, supplying its MasterGlenium SKY 569 High range water reducing admixture for concrete to the mix design for the high-strength concrete used in the building’s central columns. MasterPozzolith 324N was also used to good effect at the Library of Birmingham. This cost-effective, water-reducing plasticizer significantly improved the workability and cohesive properties of the concrete, enabling economies in mix designs to be used. BASF products helped the building achieve a BREEAM excellent rating.

St Mary’s Library

Hacel Lighting Ltd

The completely revamped St Mary’s Church has recently opened its doors to the public of Lichfield. Located in the heart of Lichfield on the historic market square, the redeveloped St Mary's church holds the town's library and multi-use cultural space with performing and visual arts presentations, Bar and Cafe, archive and gallery area, offering access to digital local records and treasury. The Grade II building dating back to the 19th Century commanded refined, architectural lighting and Hacel were at the forefront in providing class leading LED luminaires, offering contemporary lighting for a historic site.

Library of Birmingham

Hussey Seatway Ltd

PROJECT OVERVIEW New 300-seat studio theatre with custom retractable seating system. SOLUTION Many bespoke features including: ‘Row zero’ chairs featuring two stabilising wheels, allowing sections of seats to easily be removed. American Black Walnut veneered fascia boards to allow the closed seating to seamlessly blend with the room’s panelled walls. Custom engineered solution for the orchestra pit which features removable seating frames that can be used elsewhere in the studio. Added functionality of electronic partial opening to provide flexible arrangements. High specification Gallery Extra chairs, aisle lights and integral side rails to give a true theatre feel.

Overheating library is no sweat for Dearnleys

Astralux Blind System

Visitors to Horsforth Library in Leeds were having difficulty using the computers due to too much glare. In addition, in the summer the solar gain through the roof glazing was making the library uncomfortably hot. Dearnleys proposed the Astralux 6000 louvre blind system which is ideal for sloping glazing as the slats are securely held on rack arms. These arms allow the slats to be tilted to control light and glare. At this site the blinds were operated by a detachable crank handle but motorisation is also available.

Smythe Library, Tonbridge School

Kawneer UK Ltd

The £3.6 million refurbishment of a library at one of Kent’s most prestigious independent boys’ schools features Kawneer’s AA®100 mullion-drained curtain walling with bespoke fin caps and AA®541 concealed vents along with AA®720 entrance doors on a stunning new 13.5m high circulation tower topped by an AA®100 rooflight.

Sir Duncan Rice Library, Aberdeen

Planet Partitioning

Over 18 months, Planet Partitioning worked within a budget to achieve the sound attenuation levels required for the Sir Duncan Rice Library, using a combination of p100 double glazed partitioning and p20 single glazed frameless glass partition systems. We also installed timber doors throughout the library and was responsible for drywalling, which included solid partitioning between rooms and plasterboard wall lining. Planet used 27mm, low-profile frameless glazing to create a peaceful and open plan library with a spiralling off-centre atrium with 13km of shelving.

Liverpool University, Sydney Jones Library

Hacel Lighting Ltd

Sydney Jones Library at Liverpool University gets a fresh, new look featuring dynamic luminaires by Hacel. With a brief to design a building that reflects the status of Liverpool as a leading research university, the busy library got a new modern look, creating a fresh and open learning environment. The whole building exudes a sense of light, spaciousness, possibility and optimism. As part of the refurbishment, the library's atrium was equipped with class leading Hacel products. The range of superior quality, outstanding performance, architectural luminaires bring together high efficiency, lower energy consumption, reduced maintenance and a long life expectancy.



CZWG Architects MAIN CONTRACTOR: ISG JACKSON PHOTOGRAPHY: T. CROCKER Spearheading an ambitious programme of regeneration, Canada Water Library resembles an inverted ‘ziggurat’ – a terraced pyramid of successively receding storeys – that partly overhangs the Canada Water basin. Finished in bronze anodised aluminium, the MX SSG structural sealant glazing and CD commercial doors have been specified for the ground floor. MX Visible Grid is being used for the strips of curtain walling to the three upper floors, with MX top hung concealed vents and PXi doors providing access to the balconies.

Edge Hill Library Roof Terrace

Artform Urban Furniture Limited

The innovative £26 million building at Edge Hill University, contains the University’s Library, Careers and Student Services, within its contemporary 8,000 square metre space. The original design included a roof terrace, which increased the outdoor space, with carefully thought out landscaping and additional seating for the Library. The FGP range, by Artform, was selected due to the co-ordinated design, including seating & litter bins. A key feature was the use of anodised aluminium frames, which offers a tough and durable finish, due to it being through coloured and not painted.

Royal Holloway Library & Student Services


Royal Holloway, University of London Library and Student Services Project Profile - features a 10,000 sq metre installation of Milliken modular carpet including a range of designs: Culture Canvas, Laylines and Clerkenwell - Three Corners

University of Glasgow Library

Gerflor Ltd

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. They specified various flooring solutions for a host of environments within the university: Taralay Impression Comfort, Taralay Elements Compact, Creation 70 LVT and Tarasafe Standard.

University of Birmingham Library

SAS International Ltd

Associated Architects chose SAS International to provide the high acoustic and finishing touches to the UoB academic interior fit-out. Anodised gold cladding and bulkheads were selected to encase the atrium lift-shafts, the main staircase and highlighting the university crest on the 4th floor. Three additional acoustic treatments for open soffit areas were specified over computer clusters and lounge spaces. SAS500 baffles and bespoke ring shaped and circular rafts were designed and manufactured by SAS to fulfil this requirement. The architects have effectively linked elements of the build to the next tying the theme of regency with modern amenities.

Queen Mary University Library Archives

Bruynzeel Storage Systems Ltd

As part of a £4 million refurbishment project Bruynzeel installed its Compactus storage in three-archive areas, trebling the archive storage at the University. The new archive has been designed to accommodate the existing material and provide for the future requirements. Emma Bull, Director of Library Services said "The Bruynzeel storage units have enabled us to extend our archives storage capacity by making the most efficient use of the space available. The design of the units not only ensures materials are stored safely but that there is easy access for staff."

Library Facility Open All Hours

TORMAX United Kingdom Ltd

Delivering a highly functional, yet stunning entrance solution to the Cochrane Building at Cardiff University, TORMAX was contracted by Ian Williams Ltd to install a combination of advanced automatic door systems. A single-leaf swing door leads into an internal lobby area that is formed using an elegant curved automatic sliding door. The entrance to the library is directly off this lobby, allowing staff and student access at all times, even when the main part of the building is closed off by securely locking the curved door. Both doors are powered by Swiss-designed, TORMAX iMotion operators.

Top Marks for UltraScape at Birmingham University Library!

Instarmac Group plc

UltraScape’s BS 7533 Compliant Mortar Paving System has been used in the construction of Birmingham University’s new state of the art library. O’Brien Contractors installed hard and soft landscaping around the prestigious new library, which included 1200m² of yellow rock granite. paving. UltraScape’s Pro-Bed HS provided a perfect bound base. It can be laid up to 75mm in one pass. A special order of Flowpoint buff was produced for this project to compliment the paving elements. UltraScape’s Paving Guard surface sealant was applied once the grout had set to help preserve the installation.

Large Architectural Feature Lighting. Uxbridge Library, London.

299 Lighting

Uxbridge Library is a well-renowned library located in the borough of Hillingdon in London. It first opened in 1987, and has recently received a well-deserved makeover. We used a continuous suspended linear profile Leam to illuminate the public walkways including the stairs, circulation areas around the balcony and the areas surrounding the atrium. We also used a slim trimless continuous profile Lopen which is slimmer than the Leam. The new lighting was supplied in time, much to the satisfaction of the client.

burmatex carpet tiles at New Birmingham University Library

burmatex ltd

Described as a milestone project for the sector, the newly built library at Birmingham University has completed its contemporary appearance with burmatex®, Green Guide A+/A, carpet tiles. Using five different ranges the design is adjusted throughout the building in order to suit the various spaces

ASF Channel Fixed Glass Balustrade, Bradford Library

Architectural Street Furnishings part of WB White Foundry

ASF had already manufactured and supplied stainless steel street furniture and the ASF 5006 hand rail system to the Bradford Library refurbishment project. We were approached to offer our channel fixed glass as infill panels for slate piers on the pedestrian walkway. Toughened glass panels were supplied in an invisible fix channel with a loading certified to 3kN. (Higher loadings are available).

Laidlaw Library Leeds - Solar Shading

Duco Ventilation & Sun Control NV

In close consultation the decision to use DucoSun Cubic 300, combining functionality and aesthetics, was made quickly. The unique rectangular louvre blades in DucoSun Cubic 300 not only ensure that the heat from solar radiation gets absorbed efficiently, but they also give a sleek, linear accent which definitely adds architectural value. The blades of DucoSun Cubic 300 were installed vertically in front of the glass windows. Vertical solar shading guarantees maximum privacy, while still allowing an adequate outside view at the same time. Using DucoSun Cubic 300, we were able to achieve the desired aesthetics and performance requirements.

1,000m2 Ecological, Air Purifying Roofing Refurbishment for a Library


Dublin City Council were particularly interested in IKO Carrara’s exceptional environmental properties with its view to adding photovoltaic panels (PV) to the existing building. PV panels in combination with IKO Carrara have greater efficiency, up to 25%, as the performance of the solar cells increases during sunny periods, at a lower ambient temperature.

Selectaglaze secondary glazing in the refurbished Plumstead Library creating quiet and comfortable areas for the local community

Selectaglaze Ltd

Working with award winning architects Hawkins Brown Associates LLP and Main contractor Osborne Construction, 63 secondary glazed units have been installed by Selectaglaze during the remodelling and refurbishment of the Grade II Listed Plumstead Library, to make it more thermally efficient and to create quieter spaces for the local community user groups. A number of styles were installed across the library, including two large sweeping bow windows framing the entrance, to upgrade the single glazed metal frames primary windows which could not be changed. All sightlines were matched, and the secondary glazing allowed full access for cleaning and maintenance.

ASF 5006 Stainless Steel Hand Railing, Bradford Library

Architectural Street Furnishings part of WB White Foundry

A hugely popular handrail design that ASF have supplied to projects in many locations. The full sized bollards that are used as post uprights give a sense of solidity and permanence, whilst the mitred top gives them just enough of a decorative nature to lift the product beyond a simple post and handrail job. In this project all welds and interfaces were polished back on site so the finished product becomes a complete unit with no visible fixings. With both double and single handrails over multiple flights and angles, this project shows how ASF can manage any project need.

Floor Heating Pipes - Libraries, Palaces, Conservatory, Church, Orangery and Public Buildings

Cast Iron Air Brick Company

The Ecclesiastical cast iron floor grille isn't used exclusively in churches, cathedrals or abbeys. We've supplied these beautiful Scottish made gratings to a number of religious buildings across the country that's for sure but their main use is in "ordinary" period properties and listed buildings. Buildings with large heating pipes sunk into the floor with suspended walkways. Places like Stansted and Rotherfield Hall or National Trust, Mount Stewart Property in County Down and Halls in Melton Mowbray and Stoke on Trent. To make a real feature or for a sympathetic restoration why not take a look ...

Lancaster University

Interface Europe Ltd, t/a Interface

Interface has supported Lancaster University in the refurbishment of its existing library building. The global modular flooring manufacturer helped to meet a complex brief that called for a combination of striking design with ambitious sustainability targets. As student requirements change over the years, the library needs to accommodate new ways of working – and to house 40,000 students. The library also needed a more fluid design to connect the two distinct spaces. The University wanted to give the space a complete overhaul, merging traditional library services with areas for interactive and informal learning - as well as private study.

Rockfon offer high-performing intelligent acoustic solutions


The Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick is one of the biggest campus libraries in Ireland and one of the most digitally advanced in the world. The €30m project includes a 7,600sqm extension and new facilities that offer students advanced computing, collaboration and communication spaces. Acoustic ceilings from Rockfon® are fitted throughout and play a pivotal role in helping the university realise its vision.

Connection and Interface

Hacel Lighting Ltd

Connection in a joint partnership with Interface have opened a showroom in the heart of Manchester. Innovative commercial furniture designer and manufacturer, Connection, joined forces with carpet tile producer, Interface, to reveal their showroom in the historic Law Library. The stunning building was built between 1884 and 1885 and acted as a meeting space and reading room for the Manchester Law Society. The new display area is based on the ground floor, with the upper floors still contains books, keeping the library alive.

Huddersfield University

Interface Europe Ltd, t/a Interface

Libraries are at the heart of any university, but transforming them from cold and sometimes uninviting spaces into inspiring, interactive zones can be a real challenge. This was certainly the case when The University of Huddersfield decided to refurbish its library, which covers four storeys and over three thousand square meters. The university turned to alumni and Interface Concept Designer, Donna Dent, to create a multi-functional space encompassing break out areas, meeting rooms and quiet study areas. It was essential that the renovation provided an environment which fostered both creativity and concentration.

Bruynzeel Shelving Chosen for New LRC at Canterbury Christ Church University

Bruynzeel Storage Systems Ltd

Bruynzeel Storage Systems Ltd was chosen to provide the shelving requirements for the impressive new LRC at Canterbury Christ Church University. Approx. 3,000 linear metres of low level static Shade S9000 Shelving was chosen, along with approx 6,000 linear metres of state of the art Electronic Shelving for library storage on all floors. Students have open access to the Shade E9000 system and enjoy using the high-tech electronically controlled shelving. Naturally, the impressive safety features, ease of use, speed of use and track record with other university libraries were some of the many reasons Bruynzeel were chosen.

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