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New Bodleian Library – Oxford

Client: New Bodleian Library, Oxford

Location: Client - MJL - Michael J Lonsdale Limited


Established in 1602, the Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and is Britain’s second largest, containing over 11 million works. As such an important building the selection of contractors to work upon its redevelopment was meticulous and Adexsi was chosen based upon its track record of work upon architecturally important buildings.

As part of a larger restoration and renovation of the New Bodleian library building, Adexsi was contracted to design and install a number of smoke ventilation systems including; natural smoke shaft ventilation to BRE 79204 meeting the requirements of BS 9999 utilising Certilam aluminium louvered smoke ventilators fully tested to EN12101-2.


Careful integration of aesthetically pleasing equipment for natural and powered smoke ventilation meant Adexsi was able to meet architectural restrictions whilst providing the required services and in addition save the client time and money during the installation process and in future running costs. Energy costs were further reduced through the use of modulating dampers with touch screen control which provide a comfortable environment to the library’s users with minimum energy use.

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