VolkerFitzpatrick has been awarded an £8.9m contract to design and build a new library facility for University of East London on its campus in Stratford.
The contractor announced it was awarded a £17m contract for a new community hub by University Square Stratford, a joint venture between University of London, the University of East London and research university Birkbeck in September.
VolkerFitzpatrick will now build a 3,850 sq m, three floor library under the new contract, whose structure will be built using high-quality, fair-faced reinforced concrete and the external facade will comprise of brickwork with aluminium glazing.
A domed glass skylight at roof level will create a central atrium providing a main focal point inside the building and allowing daylight to provide natural light to an internal bamboo garden at floor level.
The library has been designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ and will include sustainable features such as photo voltaic panels, green roof areas and rainwater harvesting for WC flushing.
The design of the building also incorporates a number of measures to reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions including a highly insulated airtight building fabric, lighting controls, recessed windows and a highly efficient cooling, heating and ventilation system.
The exposed concrete soffits will allow the materials thermal mass to naturally aid regulation of internal temperatures.
An existing building will be demolished at the start of the project before the new facility is built.
VolkerFitzpatrick regional director Andrew Stoney said: “We are delighted to continue our working relationship with the University of East London to build for them a high quality, sustainable, library of the future.
With extensive experience in sustainable building, a proven track record of working in ‘live’ university environments and closely with clients and their team to develop a partnership approach, we are truly prepared to deliver this project.”