Carillion tops out new £42 million University of Birmingham library Carillion has marked the topping out of the new £42 million University of Birmingham Library at the Edgbaston campus.
Carillion plc – Carillion tops out new £42 million University of Birmingham library Due for completion in March 2016, the library development will provide outstanding facilities for a new generation of students and researchers, as well as cultural space for the University and will also be open to the people of Birmingham.
The new library, which will overlook the ‘green heart’ of the university, will be an inspirational place of learning, embracing new and emerging technologies. Study and research desks will be located near to the windows to allow users to benefit from natural light and views across the campus.
It will offer a variety of learning spaces and include a state-of-the-art audio listening room and four video editing suite booths to enhance the existing facilities already available on campus.
The new library will have an Excellent BREEAM rating and will offer a 50 per cent reduction in energy usage compared to the existing library, helping the university to achieve its 20 per cent CO2 reduction target by 2020.
To mark the occasion, a plaque featuring a quotation from a novel by David Lodge, Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University was placed on the building by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood.
Diane Job, Director of Library Services at the University of Birmingham said: “We are delighted to reach this important milestone in the construction of what will be a truly inspirational place for people to work and study. Now that the building has been topped out, the scale of what we are creating is becoming apparent and we are all incredibly excited about watching it take shape over the next year.”
Mark Nicholson, Carillion Building Director said: “It is very pleasing to reach this important stage of construction on programme while achieving very high standards of quality which is testament to the hard work and dedication of both the University and Carillion project teams.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the University of Birmingham to provide this exceptional new library which we hope will inspire students and enhance their learning experience for many years to come.”