Birmingham Library, one of CDI Group’s local cabling installation sites is celebrating official designation as “First Class” after being made the subject of Royal Mail’s latest range of special stamps.

Francine Houben, of the Dutch architectural practice Mecanoo, designed the Library of Birmingham to be a “people’s palace” – a grand structure that celebrates the importance of learning but which also “promotes the informal” and “seduces people into coming in”.

The exterior of the ten-storey building is wrapped in broad bands of gold and silver cladding, overlaid with a filigree pattern of interlocking circles in thin sections of aluminium. Inside, a large cylindrical void rises through the centre, criss-crossed by blue-lit escalators and giving access to many different uses, including adult and children’s libraries, a musical collection, a studio theatre, an exhibition gallery and the Shakespeare Memorial Room, whose ornate timber interior was originally created in 1882 and reinstalled at the top of the new building.

Designed to be an engaging and vibrant place for education and community, rather than a traditional library, this high-tech building is all about the visitor experience. So high quality technology, connectivity and future proofing was always a vital ingredient in realising this vision.

CDI Group’s Role

As the biggest library in Europe this iconic building, displaying 400,000 books, made up of 10 levels and covering 35,000m, the project required in-depth designs and detailed plans to ensure the impressive technological impact was achieved and the architects vision realised. After creating the project designs CDI group then installed over 150km of CAT 7 SSTP cabling over an area of approximately 36,000m 2 and with over 3000 outlets.

The full set of iconic building stamps released by the Royal Mail

Paul Bevington, CDI’s Operations Director said: “This is a project based in CDI’s heartland.  It’s an iconic building with a high profile and a demanding agenda. Our system was designed to cope with over 10,000 users a day, many of are members of the public. We are very proud to see this building achieve this accolade.”

Philip Parker, Stamp Strategy Manager, Royal Mail, said: “These new stamps celebrate visionary buildings which combine stunning architecture with great engineering.”


Full case-study on the Birmingham Library project: Here