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Capita projects scoop three West Midlands Property Awards

20th January 2014

The Library of Birmingham has won ‘Construction Project of the Year’ and the ‘Judge’s Special Award for Building of the Year’ at the West Midlands Property Awards.

Capita provided project management, cost management and M&E services on the project which houses Birmingham’s world-class collections of archives, photography and rare books as well as a million printed volumes, the largest number held by any public library in the UK.

Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust picked up the’ Residential Developer of the Year’ award. Capita has been working with the trust - the affordable housing arm of Birmingham City Council - on its two-phase £30m+ programme to deliver new affordable homes. The scheme is providing 1576 dwellings split across 19 sites in and around the city, including the priority regeneration areas of Kings Norton, Newtown and Northfield.

At 31,000 sq metres the Library of Birmingham is around 20% larger than the old Central Library building and is the largest public library in Europe. The ten-level Library shares a spacious entrance and foyer as well as a flexible studio theatre seating 300 people with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Sited in Centenary Square it will, along with The REP and Symphony Hall, form a new cultural heart for the city.

The Library of Birmingham is a flagship project of Birmingham City Council’s 20-year Big City Plan, focusing on the regeneration of the city and the most far-reaching city centre development project ever undertaken in the UK.

The Library is physically connected to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, sharing a spacious entrance, foyer and flexible studio theatre seating 300 people. An outdoor amphitheatre, surrounded by wild flower planting, in Centenary Square provides a performance space for music, drama, poetry reading and storytelling. There are two outdoor garden terraces, children’s spaces and a panoramic viewing gallery at the summit, where visitors can enjoy stunning views from one of the highest points in the city.

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