1.5 Million Books

The Library of Birmingham took more than three years and cost £212m to build. 

Designed by architect Francine Houben, it is the biggest library in Europe and supports the life-long learning and skills development for Birmingham citizens and local businesses.

The project in the city’s Centenary Square has created a blueprint for how to integrate benefits to Birmingham’s most hard-hit residents: the homeless, the young and the unemployed.

F3GROUP was given the joint role of specialist move manager. The mammoth task required the transfer of over:

  • 1.5m books and
  • 24 kilometres of shelving, including precious archive collections

Carillion was Birmingham City Council’s construction partner for the four-year project that began in 2008.

The library now attracts and accommodates more than three million visitors a year.

Key Features:

  • Coordination of the move plan with the construction programme
  • Developing a clear and comprehensive specialist move strategy
  • Delivering the move management programme