Mitsui Fudosan extends British Library to new range of visitors

Mitsui Fudosan joined our cultural regeneration forum in April to talk about its involvement the £500 million development of the British Library with new entrances and exhibition spaces, helping to widen the library's visitor numbers and through the building programme, and enhance the evolving science and arts Knowledge Quarter in King's Cross St Pancras.

David Height. Director of Planning and Engineering at Mitsui Fudosan, who is leading the new developments said the project is '.very much a re-casting of the library's mission for the 21st century. Initially it was conceived as an academic space where those using it would have for example, a copy of the Gutenberg Bible physically in front of them to read on a desk.'

The library, David explained, is always expanding its collection and will in the future have a much wider community, a different layout with a larger foyer and exhibition spaces, that will draw in new visitors - as well as a home for the Alan Turing Institute. There will be a commercial element which will help pay for the new public spaces and access. Watch David speaking in the video clip above.

The library on its site next to St Pancras International station and The Francis Crick Institute, sits at a pivotal point of perhaps the largest and most important arts/science research and teaching cluster in London, prospering because of its infrastructure links not only within the capital but to Europe and regional cities too.