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Eldridge Smerin first to take on British Library - images

Eldridge Smerin has been revealed as the first practice to be asked to rework parts of Colin St John Wilson's British Library building in central London.

The architect has been asked to transform the British Library's Business & Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) - a project which has received a £1 million cash injection from the London Development Agency.

The interior of the library has been largely untouched since it opened in 1997 - although Long & Kentish has been chosen to design a book and audio conservation centre on an adjacent site.

Once complete, the revamped BIPC will provide improved facilities for entrepreneurs as well as small and medium-sized enterprises.

The project includes proposals for a networking area and four workshop rooms.

It is understood the centre will officially open its doors in March this year.

by Richard Waite

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