Library in use 24 hours a day: Unlike many buildings which have defined opening hours or which shut at weekends, the library was in constant usage, closure was not an option.
Delicate books: The Persian Studies Section is a world-famous collection of 4,500 books on Persian history, literature, philosophy, theology and science. Owing to its age and rarity, this section required specialist lighting.
All or nothing: Under the old system, owing to the lack of zonal controls, all of the lights were on full brightness all of the time, regardless of the required usage.
Architectural concerns: the library was built in 1970s with brushed concrete walls and a series of half-levels to create an open plan feel. The College wished to preserve the building’s integrity with undisturbed sight lines.
Rigorous planning: A Pre-Start Meeting (one month beforehand) highlighted potential issues, whilst a Survey Meeting (one week before) agreed a Schedule of Works to ensure that users were not disturbed.
Specialist lighting: D&T used its extensive experience of working alongside the University in lighting rare and delicate exhibits.
Zonal design: D&T consulted at length with the different users to define the lighting zones and requisite lux levels; e.g. lighting for the online area differed from the study area, with dimming controls also added.
Sympathetic fittings: D&T always ensure that any fittings are sympathetic to the building’s age and design, hiding any unsightly ducting or cabling.
“The Persian Studies Section is a world-famous collection of 4,500 books on Persian history, literature, philosophy, theology and science. Owing to its age and rarity, this section required specialist lighting.”