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Client
Birmingham City Council
Year
2013
Architect
Mecanoo
Main Contractor
Carillion
Sector
Education

Scope of Works Expand

  • Hot melt roof system
  • Composite panels
  • Cladding

Overview Expand

Completed in 2013 at an estimated cost of £189 million, the Library of Birmingham is the largest public library in the country. Designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo, the flamboyantly designed, award-winning building is situated in Centenary Square, Broad Street, and is regarded as a flagship project for the redevelopment of the city.

Prater and Lindner Facades were selected by main contractor Carillion at an early stage in the development to deliver a complete roofing and façade solution.

Prater’s scope of works included a hot melt roof system, cladding with Kingspan composite panels and single skin cladding sheets, as well as cappings to the perimeter of the roof using our own aluminium powder coated products. In total, we waterproofed 7500 sqm of the library.

The library was designed to achieve a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating and the high performing envelope has been able to deliver maximum passive performance and minimise energy consumption. 

We also created two bio-diverse roof gardens on top of the finishes using soil, pebbles and old tree branches. This offers a space for visitors to unwind, socialise and learn, as well as bringing environmental benefits through offsetting carbon emissions and attracting wildlife and local ecology.