Built in Swindon for the University of Oxford, the Bodleian Libraries Book Storage Facility has the capacity for 8 million volumes; combining 10,000m2 of warehouse space with 1,000m² of ancillary office and processing space.
The 84m span portal frame with a central column maximises the internal warehouse space, where racking extends up to the 12m eaves level. The building achieved a four-hour fire rating by using precast concrete sandwich panels, which also facilitated very tight temperature controls for the archive environment. The category 1 slab flatness specification was achieved with a fibre reinforced slab and with ‘alpha’ joints at 42m centres.
Levels across the site were raised with a comprehensive earthworks operation also forming two large balancing ponds for drainage attenuation. PBA also provided transport impact advice on the public network during the book migration and operational phases, as well as ecology and waste management advice.