Winner of a sustainable design and construction award, Elm Park was the first low carbon library to be constructed in London.

This stylish building utilises the very latest in environmentally friendly design, including solar panels, a green roof, recycled paper wall insulation and timber from sustainable sources.

Where possible, the building relies on natural light sources and all artificial lighting is motion sensitive and will automatically adjust to ambient light levels. Any electricity generated by the 84 panel solar PV system will be used to meet the requirements of the building and when the library is closed, it will be exported to the national electricity grid.

Budget: £770,000
Area: 380m  2  
Programme: 32 weeks