Central library construction taking shape

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The construction of the new central library and archive has reached another milestone with the steel framework being manoeuvred into place.

The framework is emerging out of the site adjacent to the Piece Hall as the construction project reaches its next major milestone.

It will take up to five weeks to build the steel framework and install the concrete floor planks and stairs to create each of the four floors.

Gary Hughes, regional director for lead contractor GRAHAM Construction, said: “The erection of steelwork is a milestone for the project and we are now starting to see the transformation becoming a reality.

“Our site teams and supply chain are working diligently to deliver a first-class facility for the people of Halifax and this is a major step forward in that process.”

Construction of the new West Yorkshire Archives in the basement of the building is well underway. The reinforced concrete walls have extensive damp proofing to ensure that the Archive has a carefully controlled climate to protect and preserve the collection of historic documents and artefacts.