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Architectural stars battle it out in Birmingham Library competition

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A stellar shortlist of seven firms has been announced to battle it out to design the new Birmingham Library.

Foreign Office Architects, Foster + Partners, Hopkins, Mecanoo, OMA, Schmidt Hammer Lassen and Wilkinson Eyre will compete to bag the £193 million project.

Birmingham council leader Mike Whitby, said: ‘Seven internationally renowned architectural practices have been shortlisted from more than 100 worldwide. Their reputations for designing high-profile, iconic landmark buildings are what resulted in their selection.

‘The announcement of the shortlist today is a major milestone on the road to delivering a world-class library in Birmingham’.

The announcement also spells the end of any hopes of saving John Madin’s Brutalist Central Library, built in 1974 (pictured).

The seven firms will visit the site next month before tendering their formal submissions. All entries will then be evaluated via an interviews process, with an appointment due to be made in the summer.

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