Libraries Refurbishment

Monday, 23 April 2018 - 12:45pm
Project Date: 
April 2017

Birmingham City Council are progressing with the revitalisation of their library services across their estate with the upgrade of automated self service machines to the city libraries. The move has created greater efficiencies of operation for the libraries and has provided the following benefits to the service users:

  • Adding value the service user’s experience of the facilities, with the freeing of staff time from routine and time consuming tasks and allowing staff to engage further with the library users
  • Providing a reduction in que times at check in / out
  • Offering greater privacy for the user throughout their transaction
  • Reducing the requirement of library reception counters,  providing valuable additional and useful space to the facilities

Appointed in April 2017, Acivico have managed and led the refurbishment works which have included painting, flooring, electrical alterations and adaption of existing furnishings to suit the refreshed layout.

With nine libraries completed to date, further contracts are scheduled for the near future.

Protecting the local heritage

A number of the contracts completed to date are grade listed buildings, which has required close collaboration with the conservation department to ensure approval for the works were authorised prior to commencement of the works. Any alteration works have been completed  with symphathetic consideration to the grade listed status of the buildings. 

The sites have varied in both design and complexity, with detailed planning requirements and stringent timescales for the completion of the works.

Libraries completed to date include:

  • Small Heath Library
  • Quinton Library
  • Weoley Castle Library
  • Kings Norton Library
  • Balsall Heath Library
  • Spark Hill Library
  • Kings Heath Library
  • Erdington Library
  • Ward End Library

The nine projects completed to date have been to the satisfaction of the client and have ensured any disturbance to the users of the facilities has been kept at a minimum.