Integrating smart building solutions at one of London’s most iconic buildings

“We have worked with the British Library to combine four digital technologies that deliver improvements in building operation, service delivery and customer engagement. The innovation provides the British Library team with a detailed digital view of the building and its performance; allowing for improvement in service efficiency and reduced energy consumption. Integrating the technologies in this novel way has provided significant savings and acts as a pathfinder for future projects which could benefit a variety of buildings in the future.” - James Spires, Strategy Director at ENGIE

“We now have vastly improved analysis of our BMS data, and a superbly detailed 3D model of part of our existing building.  I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the ENGIE team for achieving this, especially given the constraints of a heritage building.” - Patrick Dixon, Head of Estates and Facilities at The British Library

The partner:

The British Library



The project brief:

The British Library is one of London’s most iconic buildings and also one of its largest, with a total floor area of 112,000m² spread over 14 floors and a book catalogue containing more than 150 million items. With the library’s complex buildings posing a range of challenges, ENGIE developed an integrated smart building solution to help improve the energy efficiency, building operations, maintenance and management of the library – and to enhance the experience of visitors at the British Library’s flagship St Pancras building.

The solution:

In order to optimise carbon, cost and comfort, ENGIE developed and integrated four digital technologies, bringing them together under one integrated system with a user-friendly interface. This involved combining Building Information Modelling (BIM), ‘Living Map’ technology, KPI dashboards and ENGIE’s C3NTINEL energy management platform under one smart digital solution. This allowed ENGIE to make facilities management more efficient and sustainable whilst also improving user experience in what is a very complex building for both staff and visitors to navigate.

A harmonious outcome:

The integration of these four unique technologies allowed improved visualisation of the British Library’s large and complex building operations, with ENGIE’s C3NTINEL energy analysis alone delivering 2% energy savings and the potential for up to 37% additional savings, worth around £20K a year. Most of all however, the integration of BIM with Living Map technology allowed ENGIE’s team to support the British Library’s mission to improve their technical facilities management and their visitor experience simultaneously, leading to a harmonious outcome for all the British Library’s future operations.