Work starts on new Centre 23.06.08

Work starts on new Centre 23.06.08

A groundbreaking £60million Library and History Centre for Worcester will move a step closer to reality with the start of initial demolition works, later this month (June).

R 2619 For Immediate Release June 23, 2008

Work starts on Worcester Library and History Centre

A groundbreaking £60million Library and History Centre for Worcester will move a step closer to reality with the start of initial demolition works, later this month (June).

Work to develop the planned new library, which will create the first joint university and public library in Europe, is set to begin with the demolition of the former Transwipers building in The Butts, on Monday, June 30. This will be closely followed by the vacation of Worcester City Council's refuse depot on July 1.

The new centre, which is being developed by Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester in conjunction with Worcester City Council and Advantage West Midlands, will be built at the city council's refuse depot in The Butts. It is set to attract more than one million visits a year and will link through to the University of Worcester's new £120million second campus - creating a whole new learning and cultural quarter for Worcester.

The Transwipers building demolition, which is being undertaken by DSM Ltd, will take up to six weeks to complete. The work in this area will form the new site for a new pedestrian footbridge to create a direct link to the adjacent CrownGate Shopping Centre.

Work on the vacated city centre refuse depot is set to start at the end of July, with demolition taking approximately eight weeks to complete. Although some footpaths will be partially closed during works, roads will remain open during the demolition process, keeping any traffic disruption to a minimum.

Funding for the project, which is due to be completed by 2012, includes £40.9million from Government Private Finance Initiative (PFI) credits and £10million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with Advantage West Midlands, Worcestershire County Council and the university also contributing.

The new centre will include:

* A flagship children and young people's library, offering books, music, drama, art and storytelling sessions to inspire creativity in young people.

* A general lending and research library open to all, complete with the latest computers and modern learning technology and comfortable reading areas.

* Multi-purpose exhibition spaces and meeting rooms.

* Worcestershire County Council's Heritage Services, including its History Centre, Record Office and Archaeology department.

* The Worcestershire Hub customer service centre, providing access to county and district council services.

* A Business Intelligence Library.

Councillor Stephen Clee, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, said: "The work marks the start of this exciting vision, which will not only significantly regenerate this area of Worcester, but provide an invaluable learning resource believed to be the first of its kind in Europe."

University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, Professor David Green, said: "This is an extremely important and exciting development, which will provide enjoyable learning and cultural opportunities for everyone in Worcester and the surrounding region.

"A strong focus of the plans will be facilities to cater for children and young people in particular, ensuring future generations will benefit from a stimulating learning environment."

Councillor Simon Geraghty, Leader of Worcester City Council, said: "The new library and history centre forms a key part of the renaissance of the city and is a good example of the city and county councils working together in partnership to deliver significantly improved services."

Philip Roberts Partnerships Director for Advantage West Midlands said: "We are delighted to be a key partner in this exciting new development for Worcester. The new library and history centre will regenerate an important part of the city and contribute to its ambition to be a first class university and Cathedral city."

Notes to Editors

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Councillor Stephen Clee, the County Council's Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Worcester City Council Leader, Councillor Simon Geraghty, and Anne Hannaford, Director of Information and Learning Services at the University of Worcester, will be marking the start of work on the former Transwipers site in The Butts, Worcester at 9.30am on Friday, June 27.

To confirm your attendance, please call Sanina Kaur, Senior Press Officer at Worcestershire County Council on 01905 766642 or email <


Sanina Kaur
Senior Press Officer
Worcestershire County Council
01905 766642

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