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Cottrell and Vermeulen turns the page on big names in Brum

London-based Cottrell and Vermeulen Architects has been chosen to design a new library and adult education centre in Birchfield, Birmingham.

The practice triumphed over a raft of big names, including de Rijke Marsh Morgan, Ash Sakula Architects, Penoyre & Prasad, van Heyningen & Haward Architects and Gollifer Langston, to win the RIBA-organised competition.

The new building for Birmingham City Council will replace an existing facility on the site and has already been hailed as a 'model' community library.

Practice founder Richard Cottrell was delighted by the announcement. He said: 'This is an exciting opportunity to make a new type of library with the people of Birchfield.'

RIBA architect adviser Maggie Mullan, one of the competition judges, added: '[The firm] are an innovative and inspirational practice with a proven track record in producing significant architectural solutions within tight budgets and through inclusive and collaborative processes.

'Birmingham City Council has worked tremendously hard to get to this stage and I have no doubt that Cottrell and Vermeulen will help them realise the full potential of this pioneering project.'

by Richard Waite

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