Birm Lib 2-1

Birmingham Library

Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation was the product of choice to insulate pipe-work at the prestigious new Library of Birmingham, the largest public library in Europe

The Project

In stark contrast to its concrete predecessor, Mecanoo’s design makes maximum use of natural light with an eyecatching façade combining glass and interlocking aluminium hoops. Inside over 400,000 books are available on the shelves on the public floors and the building delivers the energy performance to match its looks with a design stage BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Rating. Kingspan Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation was specified for the project as part of this sustainable approach.

Kooltherm FM Pipe Insulation
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The environmental impact of the library has been a key concern at every stage in the development, from ensuring the responsible sourcing of construction materials, to the installation of a range measures including brown roofing and rainwater harvesting systems. We were extremely pleased to see this work recognised with the design stage BREEAM score of 74.98%.

Brian Gambles, Director of the Library of Birmingham


The £188.8 million pound library was constructed by main contractors Carillion on behalf of Birmingham City Council. The library surpassed the 1 million visitor mark in less than four months and in addition to reading and learning spaces also includes a sunken amphitheatre, elevated gardens terraces, a studio theatre and meeting and conference facilities along with a range of other energy saving technologies.

Images are Copyright of Mercanoo.

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