Library of Birmingham November 2010 Update I

Since my October update, Library of Birmingham October Update, work has steadily progressed with work on laying the first floor level now taking place.

Photos of the work are shown below fromThursday 18th November 2010 including photos taken during a tour of the construction site. Site tours can be booked through

Meanwhile a New bid to save Birmingham Central library from demolition fails with the Birmingham Post reporting that Heritage Minister John Penrose has upheld the ruling from 2009 by former Culture Minister Margaret Hodge that the controversial 1970s building was not worth saving.

The decision however goes against environment watchdog English Heritage which believes the building is worthy of special protection.

A council spokesman said: “The Paradise Circus site is of great strategic importance and holds enormous potential for the future success of the city centre.

“Opening the area up will create new streets and squares, as well as direct access and dramatic lines of site between the historic civic heart of the city and Westside.

“We are progressing our ideas and holding discussions with land owners for the potential relocation of the Birmingham Conservatoire.

“We expect to hold a planning consultation in early 2011.”

More photos are shown in my next post, Library of Birmingham November 2010 Update II.


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