Library of Birmingham May update 2

Following my previous update on the construction of the new Library of Birmingham, showing the site from the 6th and 10th May, here are photos showing construction from the 20th May 2011. My photos below show more of the building work shown above, in the official May update from contractors Carillion, revealing the laying of the REP extension foundations and the slab covering the lower ground floor leaving the amphitheatre hole. The slab shows how Centenary Square will return to the large square it was prior to development and how the hole will provide a striking centrepiece to the square fronting the library.

I have highlighted in the picture below the current progress in constructing the floors and how the completition of the sixth floor will enable the weight to cantilever to enable the steel supports to be removed from the arches supporting the three floors above the front of the library.

Behind the wall visible in this photo is the new studio theatre, sitting on acoustic pads. The building is a building within a building, as part of the REP but sitting within the library and rising three floors.

The construction of the REP extension foundations.

The amphitheatre hole with the slab covering the lower ground floor.


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