The Library of Birmingham is a public library situated beside the Birmingham Rep, Baskerville House and sharing its entrance with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in Centenary Square.
The £188.8 million building opened on 3 September 2013 and replaced Birmingham Central Library, which had been operating since 1974.
The flagship project is the most extensive public library in the United Kingdom.
It is the UK’s 10th most popular visitor attraction, with over two million visitors annually. It is also Europe’s largest public cultural space and comprehensive regional Library.
The library caters to everybody over its ten floors with two outdoor garden terraces, children’s spaces, 300 seated studio, a panoramic viewing gallery and an outdoor amphitheatre for music and storytelling.
It also is home to an extensive collection of rare books, archives and photography, including one of the largest Shakespeare collections in the world. This includes s very rare items such as First Folio 1623 and the famous, Victorian Shakespeare Memorial Room.
Plant Room Refurb
The Library Of Birmingham utilises the Birmingham District Energy Scheme (BDES) as it provides low-carbon heat to help aid Birmingham City Council’s aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 60% by 2027.
It is connected to the existing Broad Street scheme to export and import heat, using the tri-generation energy centre in conjunction with the Library of Birmingham development.
As Varlowe has been involved with the majority of Birmingham district heating plant rooms, we also provided site services to help complete the refurbishment, which included the following: