Construction is set to begin on a multi-million pound archive building in Wakefield, UK, which will house historical records of regional, national and international significance – designed by architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan.
The £6.4m West Yorkshire Archive Building is to be built in Kirkgate, with construction starting in March, and when complete in 2016 the centre will store more than 10m records over three floors.
The project is being jointly funded by the five West Yorkshire Councils, West Yorkshire Joint Services and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) which has awarded a £3.9m grant to create a new permanent home for the region’s archives.
Tim Brown, Director of Architecture in Broadway Malyan’s Manchester studio, said: “The start of construction is a major milestone in the development of this important scheme. Our expert design team now looks forward to partnering with the client to deliver a home for the region’s archives and a place where people can research the records for generations to come.”
The iconic building design features a perforated metal mesh wrap, which will be back-lit in the evening to provide a dramatic changing façade. The archive storage areas on the upper floors will be carefully controlled using state of the art equipment to ensure that the unique items remain in excellent condition.
Broadway Malyan won the design appointment through an open competition in late 2013. It developed the concept design, supported the planning process and since the appointment of the contractor, Bardsley Construction, has developed the detailed design.
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