Sector: Cultural, Education, Residential
Client: London Borough of Hillingdon
Project value: £3m
Project stage: Complete
The new Ruislip Library replaced the existing steel and glass structure to provide state of the art facilities for the community as part of the London Borough of Hillingdon’s plans for regeneration.
The project has introduced an open-plan library with dedicated and informal spaces for activities, an adult education centre with dedicated classrooms, workshop space alongside 10 new apartments from first to second level.
Modern construction methods and technical design have provided South Ruislip with a landmark building and associated technological infrastructure for a library of the 21st century. The design has incorporated renewable technologies provided via photovoltaic panels, solar panels and weight-saving elements to the superstructure in order to minimise the schemes’ carbon footprint and mark the Borough’s ambitions for sustainability.
The apartments have been designed to Lifetime Homes standards and to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 03, while also being Secured by Design compliant. Each apartment has access to private external space while units to the rear at second level enjoy private roof terraces, overlooking open green space.
The library was officially opened by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in September 2012.