Stylish and sustainable, this new library provides a focal point for the King's Buildings campus.
Providing a wide range of different types of study facilities, the new King’s Buildings Library creates a stylish new focal point for science and engineering students at the University of Edinburgh.
A new link corridor connects the four-storey building to the existing King’s Buildings centre. The project included hard and soft landscaping around the new building.
The building was constructed to a high level of air tightness, makes optimal use of natural light, maximises natural ventilation and features high thermal insulation, rainwater harvesting and a green roof.
Social enterprise Yooz was contracted to remove waste wood and insulation from site for reuse, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and supporting local employment and training. The company has worked with Yooz on projects including Glasgow School of Art and The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
With the site surrounded by academic buildings which remained in use throughout the project, we planned our activities around the needs of the university to ensure minimal disruption.
The building was highly commended at the Carbon Trust Scotland Low Carbon Building Awards 2013.