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Library of Birmingham tops out in Shakespearean style

The £188.8M Library of Birmingham has topped out in a ceremony featuring Shakespearean performances and local poetry.

The final slab of concrete was laid on top of the tenth floor at the Library’s highest point in a topping out ceremony last week. The slab was laid over what will become the Shakespeare Memorial Room, and accordingly the topping out ceremony featured Shakespearean readings.

The Library of Birmingham will be completed in mid-2013, and Carillion operations director Simon Dingle said there are still an estimated 1M more man hours of work to complete on the project. Carillion was awarded a £157M contract to provide design and construction services for the project. Construction began in 2010.

The building will comprise 10 levels, with nine above ground and a lower ground floor. Some 21,000m³ of concrete is being used in the frame, which is reinforced by 3,000t of steel.

Library of Birmingham topping out ceremony

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