Client: Greenwich Borough Council
Contractor: Osborne
Sector: Leisure
Project Type: Design, Manufacture and Installation


We were appointed by Osborne Construction Limited to design, supply and install new curtain walling, SFS, single-ply roofing, hot melt roofing and bespoke glazed roof lanterns to the grade II listed building, Plumstead Library.

The library has undergone a significant facelift, including a new extension, which connects to the existing listed building via a large glazed entrance.

The scope of works included:

  • SFS – installed to form external walls, which have then been clad with traditional brickwork.
  • Curtain Walling – Reynaers curtain walling system, which has been used to form the glazed main entrance, including a glazed roof along with ground floor curtain walling.
  • Glazed Rooflights – Reynaers rooflight system
  • Glazed lanterns – Supplied and installed and have been chosen to replicate the old lanterns and had to go through heritage approval to ensure they met the requirements.
  • Hot melt roofs – Iko hotmelt roofs installed to the existing building and new plantwell comprising of a stone and slab finish.
  • Single Ply Roofs- Iko single-ply roofs installed to the new extension
  • Brown Roof – Sky Garden roof finish installed to the new extension


“NACWL have played a key role in giving a grade II listed Library a new lease of life, creating a new facility for the community of Plumstead. The contemporary design and installation to the existing building and new extension needed to consider the requirements set out by English Heritage and the architect’s vision.

NACWL’s technical knowledge and support were key to arriving at the best solution and the project team were pro-active in ensuring that a quality install was achieved, particularly when dealing with some challenging interfaces with other trades.

During the course of this project we have been able to develop our relationship with NACWL and I would be pleased to recommend your services.”

Paul Fletcher-Divisional Director-OSBORNE

NACWL Proposal

The project is located within a residential area, which has meant the logistics for the project had to be fully coordinated and pre-planned, particularly when planning the cranage of glazing to the roof zones, which meant road closures needed to be in place.

There have been many access constraint’s during the project, particularly when dealing with the works to the existing building have restricted what installation methodologies could be adopted and has led to many ‘brainstorming sessions’ to ensure safe and effective systems of work could be achieved.

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