The £188m Library of Birmingham has won the ‘Project of the Year’ and the ‘Integration and Collaborative Working’ categories at the West Midlands Constructing Excellence Awards.
Constucted by Carillion, with project and cost management and M&E services by Capita, the Library will transform 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 will be available on the Library’s public floors. With outstanding resources and access to expert help, the Library will be a centre of excellence for literacy, research, study, skills development, health information, creative expression and entrepreneurship.
At 31,000 sq metres it 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 will provide 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 will be able to enjoy stunning views from one of the highest points in the city.
The project will now go forward to the national Constructing
Excellence Awards in October.
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