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Old November 30th, 2011, 03:03 AM   #1
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University of Birmingham | New Main Libary | Edgbaston Campus| 5 fl | U/C

To go with the new 50m pool, University of Birmingham | 50m pool and sports complex | Bristol Road | Prop., as part of the £175m campus development proposal for new main Edgbaston Campus library.

£51.1 million digital library and cultural gateway.

The 14,068m² scheme, which is still at feasibility stage, will house 2,000 study spaces ‘in group, single study, and IT clusters’, 15km of shelving, a post-graduate hub, café and exhibition space

Architects: Associated Architects
Structural Engineers: Ove ARUP (Blythe Valley Birmingham)
Funding: University of Birmingham
Tender date: January 2013
Start on site date: Summer 2013
Contract duration: 24 months - completion summer 2015
Gross internal floor area: 14,068m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Single Stage Design & Build
Total cost: £51.1 million gross budget - £37 million net construction cost

http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/n...623157.article

Aumni article on the University of Birmingham website:
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/alumni/g...e/library.aspx
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Old November 30th, 2011, 10:22 AM   #2
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brilliant news. its reassuring to see universities investing in their campus... especially when it involves a great standard of architecture..
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Old November 30th, 2011, 11:25 AM   #3
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Sounds like the existing library is for the chop then.
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Old November 30th, 2011, 11:44 AM   #4
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What's a Libary?

Good news to see more investment still!
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Old November 30th, 2011, 11:47 AM   #5
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Oops



I'll see if I can find out my book and shows how current main library was supposed to be finished in a H shape.
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 01:22 AM   #6
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This is a quality bit of film with some great shots of the Uni.

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=29200
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As found by Spread, thought this was worth a bump..





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Old March 15th, 2012, 01:28 AM   #8
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Good find. I'd seen the bottom picture but not the other two though i'm still not clear on it's exact siting.
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Old March 15th, 2012, 04:44 PM   #9
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in front of university central fletip
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Planning application gone in

2012/02047/PA

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thanks for all this feltip.. much appreciated.

i cant help but be curious to know whether people really appreciate how comprihensive the university proposals really are!!!
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Old April 11th, 2012, 03:59 PM   #13
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Hope these proposals don't mean the old library is being pulled down. Would be a shame as it is a good building, although the interior could do with being renovated.
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Hope these proposals don't mean the old library is being pulled down. Would be a shame as it is a good building, although the interior could do with being renovated.
Only had a very quick look through the planning app, but I think it's set to be demolished.
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Masterplan of the proposed works, taken from Feltip's blog

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the library is to go, and there has been an application to get immunity of listing for the library
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I'm surprised to see the running track is being removed to replaced with a new one all of 50m away
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Few more pics showing the library.

History of the library and image of what it was proposed like originally.


the library's siting with the new central green space


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Old April 12th, 2012, 01:50 AM   #19
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To some extent I agree with Ruskin when he says that buildings should never be pulled down but renovated and restored because they reflect ideas and values of a certain period of time. I really don't see how Birmingham University library is so bad that it is better to simply demolish. At least they could keep the main building, incorporate it in the new building and get rid of the later extensions to the north, which I think are not as good quality as the original library building, which I think was built in the fifties.

Also does anyone know what's going on with Chamberlain hall? When I was at Birmingham five years ago it was vacated, I think for demolition but till about a year ago it was still there.
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I think the issue is with the location rather than the building. They were going to refurb it but they now they want to create a large open space at the heart of the university and the library is in the way
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