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Carillion Library of Birmingham

Challenge

Use construction of an iconic library as a vehicle for regeneration.

Problem

Birmingham has areas of high long-term unemployment. The city council sought to use a major construction project as a vehicle for addressing this issue.

Solution

Carillion’s mission is “making tomorrow a better place”. Employing around 50,000 people worldwide, the company works to create employment and skills opportunities; the company has large initiatives to train disadvantaged people to work through its construction projects. Carillion set out to deliver “a construction project like no other”, and has worked with the city council to create a best practice and sustainability legacy that will last long after the library doors open.

The £188 million project in the city’s Centenary Square created an iconic 31,000-square mile glass and steel building, housing a state-of-the-art library. During construction, on-site apprenticeships, training and placements sought to help get 250 local people back to work.

Benefits

The 250 jobs target will deliver taxpayers a saving of £6.25 million
75 apprentices trained by mid-2012 (against a target of 25)
Strong reputational benefits for Carillion (this programme was key to winning the contract)

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