Technical Information

a floor area (24-35)
24 Total gross floor area 951 m²
divided into
25 Open access services 799 m²
special rooms for (26-29)
26 Audiovisual 0
27 Computers 54 m²
28 Special collections 41 m²
29 Seminar room(s) 31 m²
special activities (30-32)
30 Exhibition space 0
31 Lecture hall 0
32 Public refreshments 0
33 Administration and staff areas 26 m²
34 Closed access stacks 0
35 Circulations areas (corridors, stairs, lifts), toilets, technical rooms, etc.
36 Further information Ground floor only
37 Number of reader seats (total) 165
divided into
38 Audiovisual 0
39 Computers 41
40 Seminar room(s) 12
41 Regular 112
b total potential capacity of shelving
42 Books and periodicals (total) 1 113 linear metres
43 Open access stacks 1 037 linear metres
44 Closed access stacks 76 linear metres
45 Compact shelving 810 linear metres
46 Audiovisual materials 57 linear metres
47 Other static shelving 303 linear metres
48 Number of staff required to operate the new library 10
c mechanical features
49 Ventilation/Air Conditioning The building now has the capacity to operate intelligently – for example when the external conditions are right the windows will open automatically to keep the LRC cool and reduce the need for mechanical cooling. The building can also cool itself at night in the same way which further reduces the need for mechanical cooling during the day. When additional cooling is needed, highly efficient chilled beams are used which minimise associated CO2 emissions.
50 Heating The original areas of the building have been insulated to the same standards as would be required for a new building thus reducing the building’s heating needs.
The glazing for the atrium roof has a high performance solar coating and graduated frit pattern to maximise daylight and minimise heat gain.
51 Lighting All lighting in the new building includes occupancy and daylight sensors which means it is only on when needed.
52 Acoustics Ecofon panels have been used to reduce noise throughout. Sletted wood cladding with a noise absorbtion material padding between the wooden slats will reduce noise in the atrium.
53 Lifts, elevators, escalators None
54 Book transportation system None
55 Theft detection RFID gates are used at the entrance with gunnebo barriers and Intellident security tags in the stock.
56 Building management system The building management system regulates the heating and cooling system, opening and closing windows automatically according to temperature.
The development was designed to achieve a ‘Good’ BREEAM rating incorporating measures to improve the overall energy performance of the Quadrangle Building and supplying 20% of the building’s energy needs through clean renewable sources.
A plasma screen in the LRC displays data from the building management system reporting bcak performance levels.
57 Type of IT infrastructure
58 Other Rainwater storage.
The existing quadrangle roof and the new atrium roof have been arranged with rainwater collection in mind. This rainwater is stored in underground tanks and is used to flush the toilets within the building.
Photovoltaics have been installed on the roof of the quadrangle building to absorb sunlight and convert the solar energy into direct electricity to be used within the building. They provide an eco-friendly source of electricity that is renewable and non-polluting. Any electricity generated from the photovoltaics that is surplus to the University’s requirements could be sent to the National Grid to be used elsewhere.
Hot water is produced for the building from a roof mounted solar thermal array.