6 November 2009
Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh have officially opened two public buildings in Newcastle today - projects that international consultancy, WYG, provided engineering and environmental services to.
The City Library and the GreatNorthMuseum were opened as part of a special visit to the North East by the Royal party. WYG has provided mechanical and electrical services to both buildings, and environmental services to the museum with bespoke BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) and provided pre-assessment advice.
John Jenkins, Managing Director, WYG Engineering said: “As an award winning company we have developed a reputation for delivering excellence in engineering and these projects exemplify that. We are delighted that they have been given the royal seal of approval.”
The new six storey library has real prominence in the city boasting an illuminated glass fronting and high visibility entrance. It also includes a number of environmentally friendly design features.
The Great North Museum development included the renovation of a grade 2 listed building to update it with a number of modern services using engineering solutions sympathetic to the grade listing.
David Crichton-Miller, Managing Director, WYG Environment Planning Transport said: “Through careful focused collaboration between all members of the development design team, the Great North Museum has achieved a BREEAM ’Good’ rating from the Building Research Establishment. This award recognises the environmental performance of the building design and the commitment of the team to go beyond Regulatory requirements to deliver a completed building which engenders the principles and ethos of sustainability and high environmental performance.”
During her trip, the Queen visited a display at the library celebrating the Girl Guide centenary and at the museum she walked though the Living Planet Gallery and Hadrian’s Wall Exhibit.