Norbury Library, London
Norbury Library, located in South-West London, was built in 1931. Refurbishment work began in August 2019 to refresh the look and feel to create a modern library whilst respecting the original 1930s features. “Norbury Library is a distinctive building, and we’ll be making sure the works respect the building’s 1930’s style. We are investing in all our libraries and working to create new vibrant spaces with better facilities that meet the needs of all our residents,” says Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport.
The library is located on the ground floor, with a community space situated on the first floor. Taking local views into consideration, the renovation project aimed to create an improved and accessible community space. With different areas introduced for smart working, the building offers the public a flexible space designed for various study scenarios from booths to open tables, lounge chairs, and short-stay workspaces. The newly renovated library is set to open to the public in April 2021.
As part of the renovation, new LED lighting has been introduced throughout the library. The building benefits from large suspended glass ceilings (or lay-lights) and contemporary frameless glass doors that are designed to maximise light into the library. The entire building is installed with Helvar lighting controls as well as integration with the door entry system. “Our lighting controls make use of the available sunlight coming in through the glass ceilings and doors using Daylight Harvesting. By offsetting the amount of electric lighting needed to light the space in response to the changing daylight availability, energy-savings can be achieved,” explains Michael Kelsey, Sales Manager, Helvar.
The library is installed with several Helvar solutions, including 942 input units, 492 relay units, 444 Digidim mini-input units, 321 multi-sensors, uSee web browser interface, and 910 routers. The uSee user interface connects to the router system and automatically discovers channels and groups, allowing scene recall, scene edit and energy monitoring graphing in a simple-to-use and intuitive way. “The Helvar installation will allow complete flexibility for Norbury library should their needs change in the future”, adds Michael Kelsey.
Photography: Norbury Library