Calderdale Central Library, Halifax, UK

Date Built
Square Road, Halifax, HX1 1QG
LDN's brief was to create, "... a bespoke design to rehouse the existing public library service and provide it with state of the art facilities to meet the needs of a modern public library: automatic book sorting, RFID stock tracking, dedicated ‘Media Store’, Children’s Library and flexible community spaces. Additionally the building houses a world-class document archive designed to meet the rigorous PD:5454 standards for environmental close-control, fire protection, security and storage."

The site of the library was once occupied by a GradeII* 19th Century church that was destroyed in 1970 by a devestating fire. 

"The building was designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and, in addition to a highly insulated building envelope, the building includes a BMS controlled natural ventilation system, low-energy LED lighting, a ground source heat pump and a rooftop photovoltaic array."

As you can see in the images above and below, the new library building has incorporated some remnants of the church including an impressive stone rose window.

On display in the library when I visited were the diaries of the local personality Ann Lister who lived just outside Halifax at Sibden Hall between 1791 and 1840.