UEL's Stratford library wins prestigious award at property 'Oscars'
£14 million building praised for its innovative, low-energy design
UEL's Stratford library has won a prestigious Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) award in recognition of its state-of-the-art, low-energy design.
The library, which opened in 2013 at a cost of £14 million, won the ‘Design through Innovation’ category, beating off competition from the Wimbledon Arts Studio and the University of the Arts.
“We’re delighted that our library at Stratford has won the RICS award for innovation,” said Peter Thompson, UEL’s Head of Estates.
“We strive to adopt new ways of delivering services to our students and to give them the very best opportunities to learn in world-class facilities. This award recognises the innovations that have been achieved and is very welcome.”
Dubbed the ‘regional property Oscars’, the RICS awards — established to celebrate inspirational initiatives across the built environment — bring people across all sectors to celebrate London’s most innovative projects.
The Stratford library has a BREEAM Excellent rating. BREEAM is the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.
The library raises the bar on low-energy design by focusing on operational energy. Despite being in use 24/7, it consumes less than half the energy of UEL’s other campus buildings.
Delivered through a highly collaborative partnership involving students, clients, architects and building managers, its success hinges on its intelligent design, with energy being supplied energy only when needed.
The RICS award is the latest in a string of accolades for the innovative building, which has been recognised elsewhere for its low energy use, environmental comfort and noise control.
Lynn Robinson, Director of RICS South, said, “Every year the RICS Awards attract a significant number of quality entries and this year was no different. Selecting this year’s shortlist of 41 schemes was a challenge as the talent, vision and exceptional skills behind them was nothing short of remarkable.
“It goes without saying that our judging panel of ten industry experts found deciding upon the eight category winners particularly tough, not to mention the overall Project of the Year title.”
The eight regional category winners – Building Conservation, Community Benefit, Commercial, Design through Innovation, Infrastructure, Regeneration, Residential and Tourism & Leisure – will now progress to the RICS Awards Grand Final in October 2016 at The London Hilton.