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EXCLUSIVE - The London Society’s tour of the new Lambeth Palace Library and Archive, hosted by Mark Nutley and Lidia Guerra of Max Fordham, and Clare Wright and Stephen Smith of Wright & Wright Architects.
A significant new addition to London’s civic architecture, Lambeth Palace Library is the first new building on the site for 185 years and hosts the Church of England’s archive – the most important collection of religious books, manuscripts and archives in Europe, after the Vatican. A driving motivation for the new building was to raise the collection above ground level and save it from the risk of flooding.
The contemporary redbrick building serves two primary functions – firstly, to provide a modern and inspiring building for users to work and study. Good views, daylight, acoustics and fresh air were all key to this. Secondly, there was a clear need to provide a robust solution for the long-term preservation of the archive and library - a stable and ideal environment to house the collections. As engineers driven by sustainability in building design, Max Fordham’s design ensured the client's brief for a low-carbon building was met, using the building's structure and fabric as a climate modifier to avoid expensive, complex and energy intensive air conditioning solutions. A decision was made early on to opt for an all-electric building with no fossil fuel heating.
The tour will showcase the building’s architectural, engineering and sustainability highlights.
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