Satisfying a wide range of public services in one compact building, the Worcester library incorporates a host of sustainability features that make the building adaptable to climate change predicted by UK-CIP until 2050. These include seven conical portals that permit natural daylighting and ventilation, a peak cooling system that uses water from the nearby Severn river, and a heating program that converts locally-sourced biomass into energy.
Due to open in July, the library’s green spaces have been planted with hardy indigenous species of plants and laid with sustainably harvested Forest of Dean Pennant stone commonly used in the area. The designers are currently waiting to find out if they will be awarded BREAAM Excellent. In the meantime, the building has already received an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate.