Carillion to build Library of Birmingham
Carillion, the multi-national Wolverhampton-based construction company, has been appointed official contractor to build the Library of Birmingham. The multi-million pound construction and fit-out project will create an estimated 250 new jobs over the three year construction period. Carillion will work with the Council Employment Access Team to ensure that jobs created are accessible to those in the most deprived areas of the city.
Announcing Carillion appointment, Council Leader Cllr Mike Whitby said:
"The Library of Birmingham is extremely important to the future economic prosperity of the city and marks another important step forward for Birmingham and our award winning Big City Plan.
The Library will be the biggest in Europe and will support the life- long learning and skills development for Birmingham citizens and local businesses.
The appointment of a construction partner for the Library of Birmingham is an example of the way in which Birmingham is actually delivering the Big City Plan in a tangible way.
This moment symbolises the journey from the vision of the library to the beginning of the stage where we can actually start to deliver our pledge to provide the people of Birmingham, and the region, with a first class state of the art library that our City deserves.
Benefits to the city employment figures will be significant and we are delighted to be working with Carillion who have global credentials and an impressive pedigree in delivering world-class projects on time and on budget."
Carillion Regional Director, Simon Burton said: e are delighted to have been selected for this major contract, which will provide state-of the art facilities for local people for decades to come. The new civic building will also have a significant international profile and we look forward to working with Birmingham City Council to deliver this prestigious project.