The Library of Birmingham has won awards in three categories in this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) regional awards. The £188 million development incorporates a lighting management system installed by zencontrol that optimises energy efficiency and can be configured in many different ways. The system supplied also manages emergency lighting, which comprises of specially finished LED emergency luminaires.

The lighting management system was required to meet a range of criteria, including optimising the energy performance of the lighting, integrating the management of general and emergency lighting and providing the flexibility to control individual luminaires. The project incorporated a number of features that would not be found in a standard lighting controls project which included:

  • Integration of general and emergency lighting
    Remote monitoring of general and emergency lighting
    Special finishes to emergency luminaires and PIR sensors
    Wide range of control options, extensive scene-setting capabilities with control at individual luminaire level

Designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, the library will play an important role in helping Birmingham City Council reduce carbon emissions by 60% before 2026.

The Library of Birmingham was crowned RIBA West Midlands Building of the Year and was also successful in two special categories, with Birmingham City Council named as Client of the Year for the Library project and Patrick Arends of architects Mecanoo named Emerging Architect of the Year. The Library of Birmingham is now on the shortlist from the 56 RIBA award winners of the prestigious Stirling Price with the winner being announced at a ceremony at RIBA’s London headquarters in October.