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Case Study

King’s College London Maughan Library

King’s College London Maughan Library – Versatemp System Refurbishment

King’s College London is one of the UK’s top ten universities. With nine faculties, institutes and schools of study and five Medical Research Council centres, the university offers world-class teaching and research.

The University’s Maughan Library is a Grade II-listed building that was largely built in the nineteenth century. The Versatemp heating and cooling system serving the building needed to be refurbished to improve reliability and reduce maintenance costs. The work was specified by the operations team at King’s College London and addressed three areas. The first was the replacement of 70 of the 254 Versatemp units. The second was replacing the controls, valves and 32 fans on the dry air coolers. Finally, the associated pumps and controls needed to be replaced and reconfigured.

As framework contractors to King’s College London we tendered for the project and won the contract.

The project was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. With supply chains impacted, we stayed in close contact with our suppliers to establish when goods would be received. We then liaised with our client to keep them informed.

On site, we conducted rigorous risk assessments to ensure the safety of all personnel involved. Trades were staggered to help maintain social distancing in limited spaces. Our teams also created dedicated working bubbles to minimise the risk of transmission of the virus.

Despite the complications, work was completed successfully. Our efforts have helped to improve efficiency and reduce running costs for Maughan Library.




“JDS were professional throughout and refurbished the Versatemp System with no disruption to the normal function of the building. JDS personnel were always courteous to staff and students on site and meticulous in following Covid-19 safety protocols. They were proactive in ensuring work was completed quickly, efficiently and safely.”

Nick Gouveia. Mechanical Asset Manager, King’s College London