Petitioning birmingham city council Birmingham city council and 2 others

Find alternative uses for Birmingham Central Library. Preserve our history.


Birmingham Central Library was the main public library in Birmingham from its construction in 1974. For a time the largest non-national library in Europe, it closed on 29 June 2013 and was replaced with the New Library of Birmingham. This building is due to be demolished in 2014 as part of another regeneration project.

Designed by architect, John Madin in the brutalist style, the library formed part of an ambitious development project by Birmingham City Council to create a civic centre around its new Inner Ring Road system. However significant parts of the masterplan including the exterior being plated with marble were not completed as quality was reduced on materials as an economic measure.

Despite the original vision not being fully implemented the library has gained architectural praise as an icon of British Brutalism with its stark use of concrete, bold geometry, inverted ziggurat sculptural form and monumental scale. Its style was seen at the time as a symbol of social progressivism. Based on this, English Heritage applied and failed twice for the building to gain listed status. So due to strong opposition from Birmingham City Council the building has gained immunity from listing until 2016 when we will have already lost this, one of the finest examples of brutalist architecture remaining.

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We cannot not stand for the bulldozing of our history. The bigest petition for this cause so far reached 688 signatures. I know we can beat that. Sign today!

Letter to
birmingham city council Birmingham city council
Lord Mayor of Birmingham Shafique Shah
Birmingham City Council City Council news room (Birmingham City Council)
I have just signed the petition asking that Birmingham City Council find alternative uses for Birmingham Central Library to preserve our history and one of the greatest examples of brutalist architecture remaining.

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