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Permission granted for new Library of Birmingham

27 November 2009

Planning permission has been granted for the new £193m Library of Birmingham.

The project is a central part of Birmingham City Council’s 20-year, £17bn ‘Big City Plan’ programme - the most far-reaching city centre redevelopment project ever undertaken in the UK.

A Capita Symonds team is providing Project Management, Cost Management and CDMC services on the project which is on programme to start on site after Christmas and is expected to be completed in mid 2013. 

The current building - Birmingham Central Library - opened in 1973 and is the busiest public library in Britain, attracting more than 1.5 million visitors per year. The design, however, is inflexible and cannot be easily adapted to keep up with the ever changing developments in ICT and patterns of use for learning, information and culture.

Designed by Dutch Architects Mecanoo, the new Library will comprise of ten floors - nine floors above ground and a lower ground floor - and is expected to attract up to 10,000 visitors per day. The development will also include a new flexible circa 300 seat studio theatre which will be shared by both the library and the adjoining Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

The building will be constructed by Carillion Construction under a bespoke form of NEC Partnering Contract with a Guaranteed Maximum Price and shared saving incentives.