VolkerFitzpatrick has secured a second contract, worth £8.9m, from the University of East London to design and build a new library at the campus in Stratford, UK.
The library will have an area of 3,850m2 spread over three floors.
The new facility will be built using high-quality, fair-faced reinforced concrete and the external facade will comprise brickwork with aluminium glazing.
The new library will provide collaborative working and video editing spaces, silent and group study areas, mobile shelving units with book storage for 130,000 volumes, plus a large social hub at ground floor level.
Energy efficiency measures include lighting controls, insulated airtight building fabric, recessed windows, green roof areas, photovoltaic panels and a highly efficient cooling, heating and ventilation system which will help the building reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
The library will feature a domed glass skylight at roof level which will form a central atrium acting as a focal point inside the building, as well as allowing natural light to an internal bamboo garden at floor level.
Exposed concrete soffits will help the building regulate its internal temperature through its thermal mass. The new facility has been designed to secure a BREEAM Excellent rating.