Construction of the iconic new building began in October 2018. It is scheduled to be complete in summer 2020.
Located on the junction of Waterdale and Chequer Road in the town centre, it will be the 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.
It will be a cultural and learning centre everyone can enjoy, experience and use.
This modern new build will retain and sympathetically restore the core central frontage of the former Hall Cross Girls School building. It 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 set over four floors.
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 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 Doncaster Grammar School Railway 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
It will become a popular destination in Doncaster's Civic and Cultural Quarter which can be enjoyed by all residents, businesses and visitors.
Chamber Road from Waterdale to the entrance to Chamber Road Car Park will be closed during the works. The car park remains open and is accessible from College Road.
Scaffolding started going up in late November 2018. This was to allow the wings of the former girls school to be safely taken down. These works started in early January.
The iconic central frontage will be retained and carefully restored so it becomes the focal point of the new library and museum.