The Hartley Library, which is also home to the University archives and special collections, needed essential work to replace the air handling plant that serves the special collections unit as well as adjacent areas of the library. The improvements were required to seal the roof to prevent water damage, improve ventilation and enhance air quality for library users.
Using a 160tonne crane, LST removed large sections of plant from the roof, including ductwork and air handling units, which required several road closures. After the equipment had been refurbished or replaced, it was then lifted back into place. The team also re-roofed the existing flat roof located at the rear of the library.
The project spanned six months and the library remained operational throughout the works.
To minimise disruption for staff and students, LST worked closely with the University’s estates department to agree road closures and carried out any noisy work outside of normal hours. Weekly meetings were held with the University to ensure all the relevant teams were informed of progress.
This project is one of numerous projects that LST has carried out for the University of Southampton. Our team was also responsible for refurbishing Hartley Library’s interioras well as the formation of new study spaces.We also renovated the Connaught Halls of Residence.