Library of Birmingham July Update III

Following my previous update, Library of Birmingham July Update II, from the 13th July here are some photos from 18th July showing progress on the new Library of Birmingham with work on fitting the glazing now progressing with more panels on the rear of the library and panels now on the front facing Centenary Square.

With work rapidly progressing on the glazing the metal frieze will begin to be installed this autumn while work takes place internally to fit out the library.
Work has also finished on the demolition to the rear of the REP, as visible in my pictures below, with a steel frame being erected from the 25th July for the new rear extension,

The schedule for construction is shown below.

Construction Milestones
Summer 2011: Completion and topping out of concrete structure. Installation of external glazing and internal fit-out begin.
Autumn 2011: Cranes come down. Installation of the building’s distinctive metal frieze begins.
Winter 2011/12: Landscaping of the garden terraces and brown roof begin. Restoration of the REP's facade complete.
Spring 2012: Installation of the Shakespeare Memorial Room in the rooftop rotunda.
Winter 2012/13: Site hoardings come down.
Spring 2013: Construction work complete. Move to the Library of Birmingham begins.

In March 2011 floor tests were conducted in the current Central Library information area with two different porcelain tile samples layed to test durability and ease of maintenance, Floor finishes in the Library of Birmingham - white tile testing. The design of the library is for a while tiled finish for upper floors to maximise the light reflected into the heard of the library. The floor on the lower ground floor, childrens and music services, will be an ochre coloured polyurethane.

March also saw a public Consultation about the Terraces and Amphitheatre, Public Consultation about the Terraces and Amphitheatre, with responses supporting the idea of the terraces and maximising their use by visitors to the library. An indicative image of the terrace is shown above.

With the building work visible it is easy to overlook the ongoing preparation work taking place away from the public gaze in the current Central Library to move the collections to the new Library of Birmingham. The move has provided an opportunity to discover more about the library's collections with Silent movie scores found at Birmingham central library.

Staff at Birmingham City Council making preparations for their move to the Library of Birmingham building in 2013 have uncovered what could be the UK’s largest collection of silent movie scores, including a unique Charlie Chaplin theme tune.

The collection, most of which belonged to movie theatre Musical Directors Louis Benson and HT Saunders, consists of 500 scores and parts for use with silent movies. It is representative of the entire oeuvre of silent movie music between 1915 and 1929, the golden age of the silent movie, and reveals what audiences at the time were listening to.

More pictures from the 18th July are shown below.


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