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Peckham Library re-opens after major retrofit programme

Peckham Library in South London reopened in July 2023 after a £1.5m retrofit programme.

The work aimed to improve energy efficiency and end the use of natural gas.

In fact, public buildings like libraries and leisure centres in the UK have been grappling with rising energy prices during the price crisis.

Some face closure, while others are either self-funding efficiency improvements or seeking Government support.

Southwark Council funded the installation of heat pumps, an energy-efficient cooling and ventilation system and energy-efficient lighting at Peckham Library.

Repaired roofing, windows, and flooring will also improve energy efficiency.

Southwark Council’s cabinet member for leisure, Catherine Rose, said the library will serve as a “shining example of green retrofit practices” that could be applied to other council buildings.