The £188m Library of Birmingham has been nominated in the ‘Major Building Project of the Year (over £50m)’ category at the BCIA Awards.
Constructed by Carillion, with project and cost management and
M&E services by Capita, the building has transformed the city’s
library services and become a major cultural destination, housing
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. Of these, over 400,000 books
are available on the Library’s public floors.
At 31,000 sq metres it is around 20% larger than the old Central Library building and is the largest public library in Europe.
Sited in Centenary Square, it has, along with The REP and Symphony Hall, formed a new cultural heart for the city. It is also 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 even two outdoor garden terraces, children’s spaces and a panoramic viewing gallery at the summit, where visitors will be able to enjoy stunning views from one of the highest points in the city.
The winner will be announced on 8th October.
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