Mecanoo’s £193 million new Birmingham Library to be considered next month

Preliminary works on the site have begun and a Birmingham City Council spokesman said the project is to be debated by the council’s planning committee in November. If it is approved, work on the Dutch practice’s scheme will begin early next year. The council is insisting the project goes ahead, despite a £2.2 billion black hole in the council’s finances. Council leader Mike Whitby has confirmed 800 council jobs are to go but says the library will not be compromised. The library project, unveiled earlier this year, has already been criticised by the Birmingham Civic Society, which is concerned the nine-storey building is too large.

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