Award winning Library

Construction awards

The Library of Birmingham building project has been recognised for both its innovative design and for its positive social impact.

National Constructing Excellence awards 2014

  • Project of the Year – WINNER!
  • Integration and Collaborative Working – Highly Commended

SCALA CBOY 2014 (Society for Construction and Architecture in Local Authorities – Civic Building of the Year)

  • Highly Commended

Stirling Prize

After being shortlisted for the Stirling Prize for Architecture, the Library of Birmingham won the vote for the most popular building in the shortlist.

It was a tremendous accolade for the Library and for the city to be considered for this top prize for architecture.

Congratulations to the winner of the Stirling Prize, Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre.

British Sign awards

It has been announced that Cobal Sign Systems have won the British Sign Awards for the wayfinding category with the Library of Birmingham project.

Construction News awards 2014

Carillion and the Library of Birmingham were announced as winners of the Project of the Year (over £50m) prize on 17 July 2014.


The Library of Birmingham has been named as one of '5 Amazing Libraries You Must Visit' on the HuffPost website.

CITB awards

The Library of Birmingham is named one of UK’s iconic structures as CITB looks to recognise its builders.

Men and women who worked on the construction of the Library of Birmingham are being sought by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) in order to honour and recognise them and their important contribution to the industry.

One construction worker will be selected to receive an all-expenses paid trip for two to CITB’s ‘Pride of Construction’ Awards, a glittering evening at Old Billingsgate in Central London.

Shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival awards

The Library of Birmingham has been shortlisted for this extremely prestigious award in the Culture - Completed Buildings category.

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (West Midlands) awards

The Library of Birmingham enjoyed further success on 15 May 2014 at the annual awards ceremony for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (West Midlands) when it won an individual category award for Design Innovation and was also declared the overall winner of the Project of the Year.

The Library project also progressed to national awards later that year.

Library success in RIBA regional awards

The Library of Birmingham has won awards in three categories in this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) regional awards.

  • RIBA West Midlands Building of the Year. The Library of Birmingham will now go forward to the national awards programme.
  • Birmingham City Council named as Client of the Year for the Library project
  • Patrick Arends of architects Mecanoo named Emerging Architect of the Year
  • The Library's construction partner, Carillion, was awarded the 2014 Considerate Constructors award

Constructing Excellence awards 2014 (West Midlands)

  • Innovative and collaborative working
  • Project of the year - for the project team who have shown the highest level of technical achievement, innovation and application of Best Practice, while delivering a project to time and budget and with team working throughout the supply chain.

Earlier awards won by the Library of Birmingham

  • Building In The Community - Game Changer Award
  • BITC Volunteer of the Year
  • BITC Social Impact - Big Tick
  • Guardian 2012 - Social Impact
  • Carillion S Factor Awards - Winner
  • Built in Quality - Major Developments West Midlands 2013
  • West Midlands Property awards - Project of The Year 2013
  • West Midlands Property Awards - Special Award 2013
  • Considerate Constructors 2012 - Gold Award
  • Considerate Constructors 2013 - Gold Award
  • Considerate Constructors 2013 - Runner Up to Most Considerate
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