Construction of the iconic new building began in October 2018. It is scheduled to be complete in summer 2020. It will house the new library, gallery and museum.
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 in the Civic and Cultural Quarter.
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. Doncaster Archives and the Library Services for Schools will feature in the existing museum on Chequer Road.
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.
The building will be named Danum Gallery, Library and Museum. This was after we invited residents to put forward names and then vote for their favourite from a shortlist.
If you want see how construction has been getting on, have a look at the tour of the building created by our main contractor Willmott Dixon: