Library of Birmingham

Project brief

The aim of the project is to provide an exceptional resource for learning, culture and information for the public in Birmingham, whilst setting new standards for libraries in the 21st century.

The Project

This project is a main component of the regeneration of Birmingham city centre, the Big City Plan. The Library of Birmingham will have 10 floors, with an outdoor amphitheatre, a music centre, exhibition gallery, British Film Institute mediatheque, studio theatre, health and business centres, rooftop café and 10th floor Shakespeare Pavillion.

How Tarmac Building Products helped – Cemscreed

We provided a specially formulated version of our rapid drying floor screed, Cemscreed. With special additives and fibres to provide a screed capable of the high performance necessary to meet the specific and challenging requirements of this huge project. A total of nearly 14,000 bags were used on site.

Cemscreed conforms to BES 6001 sustainability standards and is manufactured to BS EN 13813 quality standards, as well as boasting high compressive strength, super fast drying and anti-shrinkage properties. To find out more, visit the Cemscreed 5 Product Page.


The new Library of Birmingham is due to be completed by summer 2013.

250 jobs will be created in Birmingham as a result of the project and the state-of-the-art building is expected to prove a great tourist attraction for the city. A cultural centre that both draws visitors from all over the world and provides a welcoming hub for the city’s diverse communities.

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