King Cross Library

PB-KCL (16-9)

This new library is a landmark project for the Calderdale district and is sited adjacent to the A58 Aachen Way, approximately two miles south west of Halifax town centre.

Funding for the library project was provided jointly by a grant from the BIG Lottery Communities Library Fund and Calderdale Council.

The new library replaced the existing cramped Victorian library on King Cross Street which had no scope for expansion or redevelopment.

The new library was to be constructed on a relatively confined site that borders the A58 and the required levels for the library would place it below the adjacent road level. The solution to avoid disruption of the use of the road was to use the contiguous pile wall adjacent to the road that allowed full use of the road to be maintained.

The building itself designed by the Bowker Sadler Partnership, is a two storey structure, 40m x 20m on plan with a walkway/gallery at first floor level.

Structural support for the building is provided by a steel frame on traditional concrete pad foundations.

The steel frame was designed as a braced frame to ensure the most efficient use of steel sections which kept costs to a minimum. The use of steel framing also enabled the architect to give the interior an open and light feel by the use of extensive glazed sections of the walls. Using a steel work solution kept the framing around these openings to a minimum.

The sustainable credentials of the building was bolstered by the inclusion of a rainwater storage system which limits the run off from the building during high rainfall events.

The distinctive external appearance of the building is obtained by using rainscreen cladding over the double skin blockwork walls which has the added benefit of also reducing the effect of the transport noise from the adjacent road.

The new library has been well received by the community and is a landmark for those approaching Halifax from the west along the A58.

JNP Group services provided:

  • Reinforced concrete foundations.
  • Piled retaining wall.
  • Steel framed super structure.
  • Precast concrete elements (stairs/landings).
  • Balconies.
  • Composite floors.
  • Surface water attenuation.
  • Multi-disciplinary team.

Project Value: £2.4m

Client: Calderdale Council

CategoryPublic Buildings
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