The British Library has announced plans to extend its iconic London Building, developing a neighboring 2.8 acre site into a major new center for both research and commerce.
Working in conjunction with property developer Stanhope and architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the development will include 100,000 sq ft of new space for exhibitions and research. The new development will also serve as a bespoke headquarters for the Alan Turing Institute, and host commercial space for knowledge-based companies.
“The British Library is one of our finest cultural institutions, housing an unparalleled collection of knowledge. This innovative project will increase access to the Library’s first-class collections, providing new exhibition spaces, learning opportunities and facilities for visitors from Britain and around the world to enjoy,” said Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley in a British Library press release.
The development will fall in line with the British Library’s stated “Living Knowledge” vision, an effort to become more open, creative, and innovative in its delivery of services.
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