Birmingham & Black Country

Birmingham Shard End library officially opens

Shard End Library
Image caption The peak on the side of the building uses a crystal layer to change colour in the sun

A £1.9m library and community centre which changes colour in the sun has been officially opened in Birmingham.

The building, called The Shard, is partly covered in "chameleon cladding" which uses crystals to alter its hue.

The facility, in Shard End, also features an advice centre and meeting rooms.

A programme of events is being launched at the library, including a visit by Children's Laureate and author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson.

Councillor Ian Ward, who officially opened the building, said the area had been "crying out" for new facilities and "should be an aspiration for all neighbourhoods across the city".

The building project also created about 50 jobs in the area.

The Shard has been funded by Birmingham City Council and Barratt Homes as part of a £27m redevelopment of Shard End Urban Village.

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