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Council unveils library plans

Architects have been given until 3 March to submit bids for the chance to design a new £193 million library in Birmingham.

The city council has posted an advert on the OJEU for the deal that will see the new library and the repertory theatre join together to share a number of facilities and create a centre for knowledge, learning and culture.

The council will select a shortlist of companies for more detailed consideration. The scheme is planned for the city’s Centenary Square.

City council leader Mike Whitby said: “We will develop a building which will not only be highly accessible, sustainable and functional for visitors but will also become known as a global landmark synonymous with cultural excellence and the city of Birmingham.”

Project manager is Capita Symonds with design work expected to start at the end of the year. Construction work will begin in 2010 and finish three years later.

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