The University of Hull has opened a new chapter for its main library with a multi-million pound redevelopment, providing a light, modern facility which is supported with premium products such as The Kingspan KoolDuct System.
With over a million books, Brynmor Jones Library has been the centre point for the University’s students for almost 60 years. Sheppard Robson’s design helps to create new open learning zones and improves the flow between the original front section and the rear extension, constructed in 1969. To minimise disruption BAM completed the work in phases over a period of 18 months, allowing students to continue to access the library throughout.
The Kingspan KoolDuct System was fabricated and installed directly to the six builders work riser walls within the library by Western Thermal Ltd. The product features a premium performance insulation core, allowing it to achieve very low thermal conductivities and can also be used to produce ductwork with minimal air-leakage, leading to considerable energy savings over time through reduced fan energy usage.
Richard Cardiss, Contracts Director from Western Thermal Ltd. discussed the project:
“With the phased construction approach and relatively short overall deadline, it was essential that we were able to complete the installation on schedule. As The Kingspan KoolDuct System panels are pre-insulated we were able to skip the process of installing a traditional duct system and installed the boards direct to the riser walls, which was necessary due to the access requirements.”
The premium performance insulation core of The Kingspan KoolDuct System is manufactured with a blowing agent that has zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and low Global Warming Potential (GWP). The product is also listed as a Class 1 Air Duct, to Standard for Safety UL 181 (Underwriters Laboratories: Factory Made Air Ducts & Air Connectors), when fabricated to a specification clearly defined by UL.
Along with improved IT systems and flexible spaces, the refurbished library also includes a panoramic viewing area on the top floor and a new public space available for exhibitions and housing the University’s art collection.