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Library Of Birmingham

The Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square opened in September 2013 and was a £188m replacement for the city’s 1970s-built Central Library which was closed in July 2013. The new building was designed by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo and seen as a flagship project in Birmingham’s regeneration. It is the largest public library in the UK and the largest public cultural space in Europe.

David Austin Grey, leader of Birmingham jazz group Hansu-Tori

Birmingham jazz group Hansu-Tori to play a number of city gigs

Birmingham jazz group Hansu-Tori take its inspiration from the power of water and the flight of birds. Its leader, David Austin Grey, speaks to Peter Bacon

Leader of Birmingham City Council Sir Albert Bore

Neil Elkes: Birmingham puts party rivalry aside as it tries to fight back over wounding cuts

Birmingham Leader Sir Albert Bore told us that the total job losses at the council throughout the period of austerity would be equal to twice those lost during the 2005 Longbridge Rover collapse.

Prime Minister David Cameron during his keynote speech at the conference at the ICC in 2012

Birmingham prepares for Conservative Party Conference

Preparations for the event at the International Convention Centre from September 28 to October 1 are being finalised

Portrait of Sir Benjamin Stone

Sir Benjamin Stone exhibition gives snapshot of Brazil's history

Pioneering photographer's voyage to Brazil more than a century ago is being used as a catalyst to boost trade between the country and  Birmingham

Peaky Blinders

Peaky Blinders exhibition at Library of Birmingham ahead of second series

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Costumes from the first series, photos from the set of series two and props from the epic Birmingham-set gangster drama will be on show in the reception area

CGI of Concord House, in Holloway Head, which is to be turned in 19 apartments

Concord House developers Elevate reject councillor's 'irresponsible' jibe

Group behind Debenhams warehouse renovation defend £10m scheme following broadside from city councillor who branded it 'hideous'

The Midland Metro extension, which is being led by Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty completes sale of Parsons Brinckerhoff for £820m

Deal was major sticking point in merger plan between Carillion and Balfour Beatty which led to talks breaking down

The former Birmingham Municipal Savings Bank, in Broad Street, which could be the home of a new museum

Museum plans for Municipal Bank and Great Barr Hall

New vision to transform 'at risk' empty buildings into major tourist attractions

The Library of Birmingham, July 2013

2.7m visit Library of Birmingham in its first year

The number of people joining the library has leapt significantly, with a 140 per cent increase recorded

Library of Birmingham

Birmingham Literature Festival to return with ten-day library takeover

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales will be given a modern-day update and re-told on Chaucer Night

The Library of Birmingham, July 2013

One year on: How the Library of Birmingham brought the world to the city

'One million people streamed through the doors in the first 100 days, an astonishing 10,000 per day, and they keep on coming'

City Archaeologist Dr Mike Hodder who is retiring.

Birmingham's official archaeologist Dr Mike Hodder rewrote the city's history

As Birmingham's official archaeologist, Dr Mike Hodder made significant discoveries about the city's Stone Age and Roman past. Neil Elkes spoke to him as he left the council after 20 years in his post.

Balfour Beatty, which is leading the Midland Metro tram extension in Birmingham city centre, has been handed a revised merger deal from rival Carillion

Carillion ups ante with improved offer for Balfour Beatty

Black Country support services makes latest bid to tempt rival into merger deal with 36 per cent premium on previous valuation

Some of the cars on display at the Autosport International show at the NEC.

Sale of NEC 'complete by the end of the year'

Ents and exhibition space company also unveils small rise in turnover despite being hit by shortfall in live comedy

Emma Elston, Vitalise Business Women of the Year 2012; Naomi Gilchrist, Alison Taylor, Monique Sutherland, Squire Sanders; Gisela Stuart MP, Julia Wootton, Max Appeal.

Squire Patton Boggs law firm hosts discussion

Aspire to Inspire is one in a series of events hosted by Squire Patton Boggs to promote the growth of women in the legal industry.

Library of Birmingham which was led by support services giant Carillion

Carillion holds firm in Balfour Beatty merger

Black Country support services giant says it still believes in "powerful rationale" of combining two companies

Carillion headquarters at Birch Street, Wolverhampton

Balfour Beatty ends merger talks with Carillion

Deal which would have created £3bn support services powerhouse is off after Carillion wanted Parsons Brinckerhoff included in the merger

The Library of Birmingham

Architecture prize misses the point...

The new Library of Birmingham has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

Professor David Cox, CTC; Councillor James McKay, Richard Leonard, Birmingham City Council.

Birmingham Cycle Revolution tells business leaders to get on their bikes

Birmingham City Council and BPS hosted a business breakfast at The Library of Birmingham.

Library of Birmingham

Library of Birmingham takes on Shard in architecture prize

With its "Harry Potter rotunda" and "Willy Wonka-style glass lift", the Library of Birmingham was described by judges as a "landmark" and "bold addition to the city"

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