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Designs unveiled for Birmingham Library

Birmingham City Counci has released the latest designs for a new £193M library.l

The Library of Birmingham, designed by Buro Happold and Dutch architects Mecanoo Architecten will open in 2013 and will occupy a prime site on Centenary Square, the city’s largest public square.

Construction starts on site in 2010 and with Capita Symonds as project manager and Carrillion as main contractor.

The 31,000 sq metres building will have 20% more space than the existing Birmingham Central Library and will be capable of handling 10,000 visitors a day.
“Despite the global economic slowdown, demand for and confidence in Birmingham has never been higher,” said Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby. “The new Library of Birmingham will be an iconic landmark, and a testament to the role Birmingham will play in the 21st century as a truly global city. The new designs are further evidence of our intention to attract world-class architects to work with the city, and these designs support our ambition to create a building which will bring people together, nurture creativity, allow far greater access to our cultural heritage, and act as a focal hub within the city and the region.”  

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