Creating a cultural and learning hub for Doncaster
- Four buildings consolidated on to one central hub
- Frontage of Hall Cross Girls School building restored and encased in glass
- New space will support local and creative economy
Our team have begun work on the new Doncaster Culture and Learning Centre. The £15 Million project sees four existing buildings (Doncaster Central Library, Doncaster Archives in Balby, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, and the Library Services for Schools at Top Road, Barnby Dun) consolidated into one dynamic central hub that will inspire creativity, informal learning, and innovation.
The building is set over four floors with the central frontage of the former Hall Cross Girls School building, a local landmark in Waterdale, will be restored and encased in glass to form an engaging experience and a high quality exhibition piece in its own right.
The new space will help support the local and creative economy, by providing opportunities for young people, creatives, and small business owners to develop skills that help build a successful career.
The striking building will have the space and facilities to display exhibits which have been locked away from public view for years, including the famous Danum Shield and the Royal Borough Charters.
Other features include an exciting new rail heritage centre showcasing memorabilia from The Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection and the possibility to display two locomotive engines built in Doncaster.
The new building will also become home to:
- The Museum and Art Gallery
- Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI)
- A high quality education space
- A small and micro-business start-up space
- Training and conference facilities
It will become a popular destination in Doncaster's Civic and Cultural Quarter which can be enjoyed by all residents, businesses and visitors.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said:
“Retaining the key architectural elements of the former girl’s school, it will be an iconic cultural hub which plays a vital part in the wider regeneration of the area and the delivery of our ambitious Urban Centre Masterplan.
“The scale and pace of new development in the town centre and right across our borough is staggering. Doncaster is really on the up.”
Anthony Dillon, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the North said:
“We are delighted to be creating the new Doncaster Central Library and Museum, it will be a fantastic centre for culture and learning for the people of Doncaster and beyond.”