I am told by my Carillion contacts that the Shakespeare Memorial Room will now have a glazed area at the front and provide a top of the building view over Birmingham and the West Midlands!
There will be an area at the front of the memorial room which will be glazed for 180 degrees giving views near and far to the East, round the South to the West (approx). This view from a height of just under 60 metres or 190 feet should be breathtaking! And, isn’t it about time Birmingham had such a viewing platform! The exact physical aspects of this I have yet to determine.
It has been said by Carillion from the start of construction that certain aspect of the structure will be varied along the project and I believe this is one such thing.
My contact was unsure of the access times and arrangements for this area and added that this perhaps has yet to be decided by the operational side of the library.
I think we should all encourage the Library powers-that-be to provide maximum access to this seemingly wonderful new aspect of the library.
So there will be three high level viewing areas (East is to the right in the photo, South is looking passed your viewpoint and West to the left) – A to the South and round the East side – B to the South, West, and North – C 180 degrees from East through South to West. Both A and B are open terraces. (Please note that for clarity of explanantion I have used the direction South but in fact the libary front points to the Sout East.)