In June this year OGGS closed to allow three months of works designed to further improve facilities for visitors and increase the building’s energy efficiency and accessibility.
A state-of-the-art Interactive Learning Hub (ILH) has been created in the main library as well as a new members’ resource centre in the upper library. The entire fascia of the historic building has been cleaned and restored to remove almost 200 years of London smog and smoke.
The main activities that have taken place are:
- Creation of new members’ resource centre in the upper library
- Full deep clean and inspection of the external stonework to the external elevations
- Replacement of boilers with new energy efficient models – estimated 30-50 per cent more efficient
- Maintenance and checks to the four domes inside the building
- A conservation clean to elements of the Great Hall ceiling
- Creation of an Interactive Learning Hub within main library
Director of One Great George Street Gary Payne says:
‘I am delighted that we have been able to complete the works on time and under budget. This is a remarkable achievement given the short timescales that the contractors were working to.
‘I am particularly excited at seeing the exterior of the building restored to its former glory. The conservation work inside and outside of the building ensures that members and other visitors can continue to enjoy this magnificent building for many years to come.
‘I am also looking forward to the opening of our very first exhibition in the new Infrastructure Learning Hub from next month.’
One Great George Street was designed by Scottish architect James Miller and opened in 1913. It was Grade II listed in 1984.
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