National Library scoops prestigious facilities management awards
The National Library of Scotland’s cutting-edge innovation in environmental monitoring and control resulted in two prestigious awards from The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM).
The Library won the Technology and Collaboration categories of the IWFM Impact Awards 2022. These were presented at a ceremony in London last week. The awards were given for enhancing environmental control and energy reduction management in the heritage sector.
The Library partnered with academia (Heriot-Watt University) and industry (Craigalan Controls) to create the Library Environmental Energy Platform (LEEP). This system, utilising the Internet of Things (IoT), enabled the Library to enhance monitoring and management of environmental conditions and reduce energy consumption across its built environment in real time. The system, described as cutting-edge technology, has attracted interest and collaboration from academia and heritage sector organisations in the UK and internationally.
Ian Symonds, Head of Estates, said:
“We are delighted to win these prestigious awards, which are a major achievement. The Library’s Estates team has now won five National Awards and been a National Finalist seven times in the past five years. We hope to build upon our success with our partners and supply chain to continually innovate and develop our systems at the Library.”
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The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management
The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) is the body for workplace and facilities professionals.
We exist to promote excellence among a worldwide community of thousands and to demonstrate the value and contribution of workplace and facilities management more widely. We empower professionals to upskill and reach their potential for a rewarding, impactful career. We do this by advancing professional standards, offering guidance and training, developing new insights and sharing best practice.
It is our vision to see workplace and facilities management as a distinct profession – recognised beyond the built environment for its ability to enable people to transform organisations and their performance. The IWFM was established in 2018. It builds on the proud heritage of 25 years of the British Institute of Facilities Management.
The National Library of Scotland
The National Library of Scotland is a major European research library and one of the world’s leading centres for the study of Scotland and the Scots – an information treasure trove for Scotland’s knowledge, history and culture. The Library’s collections are of international importance. Key formats include rare books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, music, moving images and official publications.
The Library holds more than 30 million physical items dating back more than 1000 years as well as a growing library of digital material. Every week the Library collects around 5,000 items. Most of these are received under ‘legal deposit’ legislation, allowing the Library to claim a copy of everything published in the UK and Ireland.