The UK’s largest supermarket group Tesco has won an award for its work in transforming a Grade II listed Victorian library in Birmingham into a new community hub.
A joint project with Birmingham City Council and English Heritage, the Spring Hill development has created 223 full and part-time jobs and last night received recognition in the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage category of the Green Apple Awards 2011.
It was acknowledged for its significant use of environmental technologies and contribution to the regeneration of the local area, while delivering economical and architectural benefits.
As well as the 50,000 sq ft superstore and associated parking, the site boasts independent retail space, office units and six residential flats, and has improved access to the local facility which had previously been operating in a derelict area.
The library, constructed in 1893, was saved from demolition in the 1970s and now following the award-winning development it is linked to the Tesco outlet via a covered walkway and a new lift, helping to boost footfall.
Martin Young, Chief Architect at Tesco, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for what was a challenging project, requiring us to blend contemporary design with a period and locally iconic building.
“We’re pleased to have worked with Birmingham City Council and English Heritage to enhance this unique library and improve the access for the benefit and the enjoyment of the whole community.
“We hope it will provide a focal point for the area for many years to come and that the store will encourage more people to visit the library and learn more about the building.”
The Birmingham scheme comes after Tesco opened its first ever church conversion store, in Westbourne near Bournemouth, late last year.
With exposed brickwork and marble pillars, the 2,500 sq ft outlet has retained a number of the church’s original features providing the Dorset community with a unique shopping experience.