Ergro Make Progress at Swiss Cottage Library…

The Ergro team is well underway in delivering one of our largest projects, at the Swiss Cottage Library on behalf of the London Borough of Camden.

The £2.8 million project aims to improve the library’s energy efficiency and reduce its CO2e emissions, which will be achieved via a range of plant and fabric replacement works, including:

  • Replacement of all external windows and skylights for double glazing
  • Replacement of the roof including an upgrade of the roof insulation
  • Upgrading the libraries lighting to LED
  • Replacing the air handling units servicing the library with heat recovery versions
  • Installation of heat pumps to provide primary heat source

The programme is being partially funded by the government’s Salix scheme, whereby public sector organisations can apply for funding to support building improvement works to reduce energy usage and Carbon Dioxide emissions.

To deliver this project successfully our project team are having to overcome difficulties such as the buildings’ location, listed status and constant live operation throughout.

The library is located alongside a busy intersection of the A41, making site deliveries very challenging. To overcome this, we have ensured that we plan all our deliveries outside of rush hour, creating an isolated unloading bay within the project area and implementing effective pedestrian management during all unloading.

Being a listed building in a prominent London location, we are maintaining respect to the planning permission approved by English heritage, ensuring that all project works are delivered in-line with what has been approved.

Throughout the programme, Swiss Cottage Library is remaining open to the public, continuing to provide its much-needed services to the local community. Ergro has facilitated this by implementing effective barriers around all working areas and by delivering a phased approach to internal building works, ensuring that only small areas of the building are out of use at any one time.

Overall, our project will produce annual energy savings of more than 727,700 kWh, whilst reducing the building’s carbon emissions by 138 tonnes each year.

We are absolutely thrilled to be involved with this pioneering energy-saving scheme for our longstanding client, the London Borough of Camden and we look forward to sharing the end results later this year.

“Camden is pleased to be working with Ergro on this landmark retrofit project for London. The council are committed to do all that it can to cut carbon emissions from its estate and the project at Swiss Cottage library shows how heritage and energy conservation can go hand in hand.”

Councillor Adam Harrison – Cabinet member for a Sustainable Camden