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Bodleian Libraries opens £26 million book depository

Scott Brownrigg has completed this £26million book storage facility for the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford in South Marston, Swindon

Officially opened today (7 October), the 11,700m² building can house around eight million volumes and, according to the practice, has ‘an extended design life of 100 years’.

The 12m-high main storage chamber is divided into four compartments, boasts a bespoke sprinkler system integrated into the shelving system and is clad in ‘four hour’ fire-rated insulated concrete sandwich panels which ‘provide high thermal mass to regulate the internal temperature and humidity’.

The building has achieved an on-site air test result of 1.6m3/h/m2.

The outfit has worked alongside Oxford University Estates Directorate and specialist racking and logistics consultants Total Logistics as well as mechanical and electrical engineers, fire and structural consultants, to ‘develop a highly specialised and customised architectural solution’.

Books will begin to be moved to the facility next month.


Project Name: Bodleian Book Storage Facility - BBSF
Architects: Scott Brownrigg
Location: Plot 340, Keypoint, Thornhill Road, South Marston, Swindon
Type of Project: Archive & Book Storage Facility / Depository
Structural Engineers: Peter Brett Associates
Project Architect: Scott Brownrigg - Kelly Foster
Design Team:
Planning Consultant: Development Planning and Design Services - Terry Gashe
Structural Engineer: Peter Brett Associates - Fergal Kelly
M/E Services Engineer: Hurley Palmer Flatt - Bernard Antieul
Quantity Surveyor: Christopher Smith Associates - Mark Turner
Fire Consultant: Pell Frischmann Fire Engineering - Mark Tutton
CDM Coordinator: Scott White & Hookins - Graham Barber
Approved Inspector: Scott White & Hookins - Gary Fells
Logistics Consultant: Total Logistics - Martin Brickell
Landscape Architect: fabrik - Paul Barrett
Client: University Of Oxford
Funding: £26 million - Project Sponsor Group
Tender date: Staged tender packages issued between May 2009 - August 2009
Start on site date: Groundbreaking ceremony on 17 September 2009
Contract duration: Practical Completion date on 6 September 2010
Gross internal floor area: Chamber Store - 9,926m²; Ancillary Space - 1,652m²; Total - 11,578m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Design & Build (with novation of the design team)
Total cost: £26 million                       
Main contractor: 
Mace Plus - Stewart Basham
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Racking - SSI Schaefer - Bob Jane; Mechanical Handling Equipment (MHE) - Jungheinrich UK - RobertBrightman; M&E Subcontractor/s - Long & Partners, Imtech Meica; Roof Contractor - Prater; roof supplier - Sarnafil Single Ply waterproofing; Roof Supplier - PermaTEC Structural Waterproofing; Cladding - Precast Concrete Sandwich Panels - Decomo UK;Structural Steel Frame - Atlas Ward Structures; concrete floor slab - Byrne Bros; sprinklers - Hall & Kay Fire Engineering; architectural metalwork  - Glazzards (Dudley); Fitout Contractor - Fireclad; enabling works - Keltbray
Annual co2 emissions: Building Emission Rate (kgCO2/m2) = 20.05

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