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UEL Stratford library scoops another top award

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UEL Stratford library scoops another top award

The University of East London’s Stratford Library has won a prestigious national environmental performance award.

It faced stiff competition in this year’s CIBSE (Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers) Building Performance Awards New Built Project of the Year (value of up to £10m) category but triumphed for its environmentally friendly design.

The facility hosts an advanced digital library with over 130, 000 printed books and journals, 120 “open access” computers for student and staff to use, beautifully landscaped gardens and access to the building 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during term-time.

The Library has an extremely low operational energy target of 100kWh/m2/yr, which was set in line with Europe’s most efficient buildings. Achieving this ambitious goal with a 24-7 building, low sporadic use at night, places the design beyond anything previously achieved.

UEL’s Head of Estates, Peter Thompson said, "This national award for environmental performance shows how much UEL believes in making sure the University is environmentally friendly and sustainable.

“One of the reasons why we won this award, and continue to receive glowing accolades, is because of the emphasis on design options and post-occupancy evaluation. Essentially this means the quality of the environment that students at UEL study in is optimised."

The key note speaker at the awards ceremony was Dr Ken Shuttleworth, who received an honorary doctorate from UEL for his services to architecture. He designed the USS building for UEL, and is the architect for many of London’s landmarks including The Gherkin.

This is the latest award for the Library which has won a number of accolades, including the Civic Trust Awards 2014, National Concrete Award 2013 and Association of Noise Consultants National Acoustic Award 2013. It is also accredited as BREEAM Excellent, the industry kite mark. 

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.