British Library

London NW1

Short-listed for the Stirling Price 1998
Colin St John Wilson Partners
Department of National Heritage
Main Contractor:
Davis Langdon Everest
Completion Date:
Portland Stone:
Independent Whitbed
Scope of Project:
Internal flooring and restoration

The British Library was designed by Architect Colin St John Wilson and opened in November 1997 by Her Majesty the Queen. The project took 21 years to complete from Planning Stages through to its opening at a cost approximately £511,000,000.

The Library covers 108,000m ² divided over two floors with four huge basement rooms storing books in a stable humidity on over 340km of shelving.

The architects specified a Limestone with a long design life for the internals of the British Library. The material selected had to be safe in use, bright in colour and available for future restoration projects or additions.

Independent Whitbed was chosen as the best stone.   FW Bull visited Albion'€™s Quarry and selected blocks to be used on the Project.  

Albion Stone manufactured treads and risers, straight ashlar panels and circular ashlar panels, internal paving and skirting, external paving, copings, gully stones and quoins.

Albion Stone also donated the stone used for the plaque for Queen'€™s opening.