Iconic new building will begin construction in September with an anticipated completion date of summer 2020.
The centre, which will be on the junction of Waterdale and Chequer Road in the town centre, will be a new home for Doncaster Libraries and Heritage Doncaster.
The plans see four existing buildings (Doncaster Central Library, Doncaster Archives in Balby, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, and the Library Services for Schools at Top Road, Barnby Dun) consolidated into one dynamic central hub that will inspire creativity, informal learning, and innovation.
This modern new build will retain and sympathetically restore the frontage of the former Hall Cross Girls School building, which will be encased in a glass façade to showcase an iconic part of Doncaster’s architectural heritage.
The images show a modern, light, airy building which is set over four floors. The building will be designed in a way that offers flexibility to allow it to be enjoyed by all residents, businesses and visitors to Doncaster.
The new space will help support the local and creative economy, by providing opportunities for young people, creatives, and small business owners to develop skills that help build a successful career.
The striking building will also have the space and facilities to display exhibits which have been locked away from public view for years, including the famous Danum Shield and the Royal Borough Charters.
Other features include an exciting new rail heritage centre showcasing memorabilia from the famous Hall Cross collection and the possibility to display two locomotive engines built in Doncaster.
The new building will also become home to:
- The children’s and adult lending libraries
- The Museum and Art Gallery
- Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI)
- A high quality education space
- A small and micro-business start-up space
- Training and conference facilities
Cllr Nigel Ball, Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “The new Cultural and Learning Centre will be a beacon for showcasing our cultural heritage as well as sharing with the public art and museum exhibitions from across the world. This building will be a step change for us and will help to meet our aspirations to deliver top quality and modern services and facilities.
“The new Cultural and Learning Centre forms part of our Urban Centre Masterplan. Once this building has been completed we will be one step closer to fulfilling our vision for Doncaster as a great place to learn, live, do business, see great art and culture and a place for a growing creative industry."