Excellence in Engineering

Public Sector

London Borough of Havering

Originally built in the mid 1960’s, Romford Central Library was identified by The London Borough of Havering as being in need of major refurbishment to bring the services and facilities being offered to the public up to twenty-first century standards.

The project incorporated the construction of a new external tower containing a new lift and public staircase to provide DDA compliant access to all floors of the building.

Crofton was appointed as structural and building services engineers for the project, working in close collaboration with the architects and other design team members in providing a low energy naturally ventilated modern library facility. 

Internally, significant alterations were undertaken to the accommodation to upgrade and improve the various spaces. This included the infilling of an open gallery area at second floor to substantially increase offices provision for the Local Authority.

Externally, the curtain walling at low level was replaced to enclose an extended floor area at ground level and the existing precast cladding to the upper half of the building was cleaned to complete the improvement in the overall appearance of the library.