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Competition launched for new library in Brum

An architectural competition has been launched to find a design for a new library in Birmingham.

The RIBA and Birmingham City Council have issued a call for expressions of interest from architectural firms interested in designing a replacement for Birchfield Public Library.

The selection process will take the form of a competitive interview with an added design element.

Birmingham City Council cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture John Alden claimed that the scheme will be an 'exceptional opportunity' to replace the existing library with a new model facility to 'contribute substantially to local the regeneration'.

'The library should be a model community library and adult education centre for the 21st century and we would like an innovative building to reflect this,' he said. 'We are looking for designs for a sustainable building with energy efficiency.'

Anyone interested in the competition should contact the RIBA Competitions Office on 0113 234 1335 for a preliminary briefing paper. The deadline for expressions of interest is 9 September 2005. Details of this and other competitions are at

by Ed Dorrell

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