Paddington and friends have celebrated the completion of the roof on Doncaster’s new central library and museum.
Paddington Bear, a popular exhibit at Doncaster Museum, joined dignitaries in signing the highest point of the building to mark this important construction milestone.
Doncaster Council’s main contractor Willmott Dixon is nearly two-thirds of the way into this important regeneration project in the heart of Civic and Cultural Quarter.
The impressive building is really starting to take shape. As well completion of the roof, all the floors have been cast in concrete and the internal partitions are going in.
Externally the gold coloured cladding is now being installed and the curtain walling and glazing is also being fitted. The glazing will encapsulate the frontage of the former girl’s school which will be restored to its former glory.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “This is an important milestone for our new central library and museum which is helping to change the skyline in Waterdale and will contribute to our wider regeneration plans for the town centre.
“You can now visualise how the building is going to look and how it will showcase the key architectural elements of the former girl’s school. The library and museum will be a centre of knowledge, history and learning for generations to come and will showcase the many achievements of this great borough for both residents and visitors to Doncaster."
Cllr Nigel Ball, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure and Culture, said: “We are raising the bar with this new central library and museum. It will be a first class facility, offering a range of modern services for our residents. We want to encourage local people to aim for the stars and inspire them to learn about Doncaster’s rich and varied heritage. Libraries empower and enable all our citizens to learn and gain knowledge; libraries give us power individually and collectively.
“More detail on what people can see, do and enjoy in this new building will be released in the coming months as we head towards its opening in summer 2020.”
This Doncaster Council led project, was procured through the Scape Major Works framework. The building was designed by Bond Bryan Architects and is being built by Willmott Dixon.
Anthony Dillon, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the North, said: “The new central library and museum is designed to inspire creativity, learning and innovation, and, those same three things have been driving our exciting project forward since day one.
“We are delighted to reach this milestone and look forward to delivering a fantastic centre for culture and learning for the people of Doncaster and beyond.”
More information can be found at: www.doncaster.gov.uk/newlibraryandmuseum