• West Yorkshire History Centre, Wakefield

    Client: Wakefield Council on behalf of West Yorkshire Joint Services
    Value: £6.2 million
    Architect: Broadway Malyan
    Completion: 2016
    Services: Structural Engineering

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    A new three storey bespoke archive building providing services of Archaeology, Conservation & Ecology, and microfilming for the whole of West Yorkshire. The new facilities comprise a three storey building incorporating archive storey to the top two floors and multi-purpose space to the ground floor including foyer reception with café offer, exhibition space, two learning zones, general enquires office and secure search room and conservation studio.

    The new centre will house the records of the former West Riding and West Yorkshire County including John Goodchild archive collection, Coal Authority records and Nostell collections.

    The new Archive storage area is compliant with British Standard PD5454, and capable of maintaining a stable temperature and humidity level. The new unit is four hour fire resistant with gas suppression forming part of the fire resistance required to protect the collections and deeds.

    Encased in metal mesh screen feature external lighting will ensure that the building acts as a focal point and gateway to the city.