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.
August saw new research proclaim Birmingham as the fourth most prosperous city in the country, plans were unveiled for a £7.5m extension to a city mosque and the final batch of lettings at Grand Central were announced a month ahead of opening
Land Rover revealed this month it would continue production of its Defender into 2016, a new future was unveiled for some of Birmingham's oldest houses and tech giant Google offered a helping hand to the beleaguered Library of Birmingham
Our Review of the Year kicks off with the first of many stories in 2015 about new accommodation developments for students, the start of Paradise Circus work and a possible shot in the arm for the library
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