Building the Future

Building the future will shape the development of the British Library’s campus in St Pancras, London – one of the great public buildings of the last century

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About the project

Building the Future is a key part of the British Library's Living Knowledge vision to become ever more open, creative and innovative. In late 2015, the Library began a Competitive Dialogue procurement to find a development partner to build on the land to the north of its St Pancras site. The objectives of this development include:

  • more exhibition spaces, increasing public access to the Library's vast world-class collections
  • new facilities for learners of all ages, with expanded programmes for schools, colleges, families, adult learners and local communities
  • improved public areas and accessibility, with more places to sit and study
  • an enhanced offering for business users, building on the success of the Library's Business & IP Centre
  • a new northern entrance close to the Francis Crick Institute and the main St Pancras Station concourse
  • a permanent home for the Alan Turing Institute, the UK national centre for data science
  • flexible accommodation for third-party companies, institutions and research organisations seeking to work at the heart of the Knowledge Quarter.

As well as the new development, the project has also been working on making improvements to the current St Pancras building, and has refurbished the Knowledge Centre, expanded our catering and retail offer, and delivered new Membership spaces in the last year.

Latest news

Following the Competitive Dialogue procurement, the British Library Board has selected a consortium led by Stanhope PLC as its preferred partner to develop the 2.8 acre site. This decision has now been given approval by the Library’s sponsor department, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and Her Majesty’s Treasury. Stanhope will be working with architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners on the project.

Next steps

The Library and Stanhope and its consortium will now work together to form a Development Agreement, at which point Stanhope will be confirmed as the Library’s Development partner. This should be complete by the summer of 2017. Stanhope and the Library will be meeting with stakeholders to the project, including Camden Council, the Greater London Authority and the local community over the next 18 months.

Building the Future will shape the development of the British Library’s campus in St Pancras, London – one of the great public buildings of the last century.