Bailey-cladded library shortlisted for RIBA award
The University of Birmingham library, featuring striking Bailey Rainscreen Cladding, has recently been shortlisted in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) West Midlands awards.
As a prestigious industry body and charity, RIBA has been recognising and celebrating architectural excellence around the globe for over 50 years. Innovative thinking and outstanding execution is key for all RIBA award-nominated projects, with the regional categories focusing on how much a building contributes to the local community.
Inviting and welcoming, the new library draws crowds of visitors in to use the thousands of publications and resources in the university’s possession. Contributing greatly to its visual impact is the Bailey cladding fitted to the front of the contemporary building.
Project architect, Tim Cornbill from Associated Architects says:
“The finished result is superb. The entrance canopy and the feature colonnade tie in seamlessly with the other anodised gold finishes throughout the project, providing the perfect impression for students entering the building.”
Bailey cladding also provides the added benefit of improved weather resistance and thermal insulation, meaning less energy is required to heat and cool the building. This, combined with other energy-efficient design, has seen the building use 65% less energy to heat than its 1950s predecessor even though it is 1,000 square metres larger – contributing to its BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
Daniel Gilmore, Bailey CEO, comments:
“We are delighted that such a stunning and highly functional building has rightly been shortlisted for a RIBA West Midlands award. This is a testament to the hard work of those at Bailey and all involved, and we hope to have the privilege of being involved in similarly impressive projects in the years to come. “