Bruynzeel has been chosen by the University of Nottingham to supply over 6km of static and mobile shelving for its new George Green Engineering and Science Library, due to be opened in 2015. Currently under construction, the George Green Library project will raise the library to 21st century standards and greatly increase its usability and accessibility. The redevelopment is led by Hopkins Architects, whose past work includes the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome. The library project will involve the complete refurbishment and overhaul of the existing George Green library, including a new facade. An unbroken wall of cladding wrapping the extension and refurbished element will visually unite old and new in one building. The Nottingham University George Green Library project is composed of two main parts: the existing library, with its low ceiling heights, will be renovated and joined with a new curved extension that contains the open reading and study areas beyond. The number of individual and group learning spaces within the library will double and be combined with a new Social Hub catering area.
Bruynzeel static and mobile shelving will feature throughout the new extension and the refurbished library, uniting the internal spaces while ensuring that storage space is optimised. The Bruynzeel installation features integral LED lighting on the shelving bays, which provides better illumination than conventional ceiling lights. Richard Tong, National Sales Manager for Bruynzeel Storage Systems UK, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to supply storage systems for this landmark redevelopment. The size and quality of the George Green Library project is testament to the university’s ambition to position itself at the forefront of university education in the UK.” “Bruynzeel’s recognised expertise in supplying high-density storage will ensure the University’s library can maximise its storage capacity. In doing so, the library can allocate a larger percentage of space for study areas for its expanding student intake.”