Cottrell and Vermeulen Architects have won a competition to design a new Community Library and Adult Education Centre at the heart of the Birchfield community in Birmingham. The competition was organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Competitions Office on behalf of Birmingham City Council.
The practice was chosen from a shortlist which included van Heyningen & Haward Architects, de Rijke Marsh Morgan, Ash Sakula Architects, Gollifer Langston Architects, and Penoyre & Prasad
The new building, which will replace the existing facilities in Birchfield, is expected to provide a central focus for local people and visitors, reflecting the needs of a diverse community, providing a model community library and adult education centre for the twenty first century.
Cottrell and Vermeulen will now work closely with the client and the local community to develop the new facility. Said Richard Cottrell "This is an exciting opportunity to make a new type of library with the people of Birchfield..".
Jury panel member and RIBA architect adviser Maggie Mullan added " Cottrell and Vermeulan 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 have 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".