Library Of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2ND

Contractor: Emcor
Consultant: CAPITA

The Old

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 ever changing developments in ICT and patterns of use for learning, information and culture.

The New

The largest in Europe, designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo, the new Library has ten floors, nine floors above and one floor below ground, and is expected to attract 10,000 visitors per day. The development also includes a new flexible circa 300 seat studio theatre which is shared by both the library and the adjoining Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

The centralised multi floor controls philosophy is provided by the use of:

  • Head end supervisory PC with adjustable client specific timed functions
  • Lighting control via CP DSI 10 LCMs and DALI 5 Channel hard wired controllers
  • General office and corridor PIR control
  • 1700 Ektor UK LED fires finished White, Black and Gold with DALI feedback
  • Emergency Test and Monitoring