The redevelopment of the University of Hull’s historic Brynmor Jones Library has taken a major step forward with the appointment of its main contractor.

BAM Construction North East is to deliver the multimillion pound redevelopment, which will upgrade the building inside and out to create a modern, flexible, technology-enabled learning environment that reflects the changing role of libraries in the 21st century.

The plans will reaffirm the library’s position as the heart of the Hull Campus, creating an inspirational place to work and study.

BAM will refurbish 16,000 square metres of the eight-storey facility as well as providing new facades and mechanical and engineering services.

The library will be kept operational throughout the project, with consideration given to the needs of all those who use the library resources and the building itself.

Enabling works start this month, with the main scheme getting underway in November and completing by Easter 2014.

The project is aiming for an internationally-recognised BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating for sustainability. BREEAM is the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.

BAM will hold suppliers days to attract local labour as well as using apprentices from the area.

The contractor, which has offices in Leeds, has a rich history in Hull. It built St Stephen’s shopping centre in the city and is currently on site with Humberside Police headquarters.

University of Hull Librarian, Dr Richard Heseltine, said: “We are delighted to announce BAM as our main contractor on this exciting and transformational project. We have been impressed with the company’s track record on other projects, particularly on projects which involve the maintenance of public services during construction and look forward to working in partnership with BAM.”

Construction director Kelvin Pollard said: “BAM is delighted to bring this impressive and historic library to the forefront of modern design and technology.

“This major project will benefit the local economy and will ensure the library remains operational throughout.

“When complete, students will benefit from lighter, airier spaces that are more conducive to study and better equipped for modern learning.”