Overbury completes refurbishment at Library of Birmingham

National fit out specialist Overbury has completed conversion works at the iconic Library of Birmingham ahead of the Brasshouse Language Centre moving its operations into the multi-million building.

The scheme has been completed through the Constructing West Midlands Framework and utilises available space within the first floor of the building to create a purpose-built language teaching facility.

The conversion works to the 1200 square metre space included the construction of sixteen new teaching rooms, with solid and double glazed partitioning used to provide a high degree of acoustic separation whilst still allowing light to fill the building. In addition, new reception, tea point and toilet facilities have been provided.

The existing mechanical and electrical services installations were significantly adapted and extended to facilitate a change from open plan to cellular space, with all the works being undertaken whilst the Library has remained fully operational.

Currently located on Sheepcote Street, next to Brindleyplace, the Brasshouse Language Centre offers language courses and services in more than 30 languages. The move will provide students with significantly better learning facilities and as well as access to a range of resources not previously available.

David Johnson, account manager for Overbury’s Central office said: “We’re delighted to be involved in delivering a high quality language teaching facility within one of Birmingham’s most recognisable buildings, with this co-location allowing the Library to extend its opening hours. We’re certain that, once open in the autumn of this year, this new centre will provide excellent facilities for staff and students within their new home”.

The Constructing West Midlands (CWM) Framework established by Birmingham City Council and managed by Acivico, enables Public Sector organisations to deliver outstanding construction projects on time and within budget; in addition it is structured to make a real difference in areas such as social added value across the greater West Midlands region.