Final plans unveiled for new library

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The final designs for Halifax‘s new Central Library and Archive have been submitted to Calderdale Council.

English Heritage and Calderdale Council have agreed changes which the local authority says will ensure the new building and fourth gate complement the neighbouring Piece Hall and Square Chapel, while providing significant regeneration to the area.

The council’s leader, Councillor Tim Swift, said: “The designs for the Central Library and Archive are an inspiring blend of the old and the new. The building will incorporate the remains of the Square Church, including the Grade II* listed spire and rose window, whilst at the same time offering the latest innovations for library users. It will be a place to inspire learning, where young and old will come together and enjoy and celebrate our remarkable heritage.”

The railings which currently face Square Road will be removed, providing a clear view of the new library on the approach to the Piece Hall. The new facility will also be more prominent as the plans have been altered to increase the size of the building, making it closer to Square Road, attracting visitors as they head towards Halifax’s Cultural Quarter. A new covered terrace is also being proposed for the scheme.

The revised plans have been submitted to Calderdale Council’s Planning Department and a decision is expected in November.