West Yorkshire Joint Services Archive

Bardsley construction has been awarded a prestigious contract to complete the design and undertake the construction of the new £6.4m West Yorkshire Joint Services Archive building.

The building is to be constructed on the site of the former Crown House Building on the corner of Kirkgate and Brunswick, Street in Wakefield and will be undertaken adjacent there-generation works near to the Kirkgate train station.

The new development will house collections which are currently held in the old Registry of Deeds building in Newstead Road, Wakefield, which is no longer fit for purpose.

The design of the scheme to date has been undertaken by Broadway Malyan Architects who will continue to work with Bardsley to develop the design to provide the new three storey archive facility consisting of ground floor offices, together with communal and exhibition space to enable awide-reaching programme of events, courses and opportunities to connect people with local and family history as well as two further floors of dedicated archive space to provide over 2000m2 of secure and stable environment to store over 10million records, housing the collections of the former counties of West Yorkshire and the West Riding, as well as those in the Wakefield district.

The iconic concrete frame building will be encased in metal mesh screen with prominent feature external lighting which given its prominent location will ensure that the building can be seen by a large number of people and act as a focal point for people entering the city from the south.

Building work will commence on site in March and will be completed in early spring 2016 where it is hoped that the new facility will encourage members of the public to explore the services available within the facility and become a welcoming place where groups can meet and discuss their interest in heritage.

Funding for the project was provided partly by Heritage Lottery Funding with the remaining funding being shared by the five local authorities of West Yorkshire.

Project Managers | Gardiner & Theobald
Quantity Surveyors | Rider Levett Bucknall
Architect | Broadway Malyan Architects
Structural & Civil Engineers | Curtins Leeds
M&E Consultant | Buro Happold / Steven Hunt Associates
CDMC | Rider Levett Bucknall
Landscape Architects | Austin Smith Lord
Client | Wakefield MBC
Programme | 50 weeks
Cost | £6.4m
Start | March 2015
Completion | February 2016