Work Due to Start on New West Yorkshire Archive

Construction will soon commence on a multi-million pound archive building in Wakefield, which will become the new home of regional, national and international historical records.

Kirkgate will host The £6.4m West Yorkshire Archive Building, with firm Bardsley Construction Yorkshire starting work in March.  Over 10 million records will be housed over the archives three floors.

Funding for the project has come from the five West Yorkshire Councils, West Yorkshire Joint Services and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) who secured a £3.9m grant to create a new permanent space for the archive.

 Cllr Peter Box Leader of Wakefield Council, said:

"I am very proud that work is due to begin thanks to the funding that has been secured through the Heritage Lottery Fund, for this nationally-important collection of information. The records are part of our heritage and history."

Adrian Rooney, regional director, Bardsley Construction Yorkshire, said:

"This prestigious building will provide an iconic new home for the West Yorkshire Joint Services Archive and be a welcoming place for people to connect with and research fascinating local and family history contained in more than 10 million records."

Architects Broadway Malyan will design the new building with the work due for completion in the Spring of 2016.