Located on the Square Church site next to the Piece Hall, the new Library and Archive occupies land that had been unused for many years and blends the remains of the church into a striking external design and internal layout.

Work has also begun on the Square Chapel Centre for the Arts. The Cornerstone project at the Square Chapel will see a new extension and improved facilities at the Grade 2 listed building and forms part of the redevelopment of the town along with the redevelopment of the Piece Hall and a new Central Library. The project should be completed by the summer of 2017 with a full programme of events to launch in the autumn.

The new building will include a 108 seater multi-purpose cinema and studio theatre to be used for film screenings, performances and workshops; new dressing rooms; improved toilets; and a café-bar area that will serve locally sourced food and drink.

You can access a virtual tour of the new library building as an artist's impression via the news link on the right of this page.