The award-winning York Handmade Brick Company gives 30,000 bricks for that new multi-million Central Library and Archives in Halifax, which officially opened on Saturday, September 9th.

About 30,000 specially-manufactured bricks from the walls on the new building.

Every single brick was drawn manually in order that the bricks were simply the right style, shape and colour to blend together with the adjacent Grade I listed Piece Hall and the town’s many historic buildings.

Calderdale Council and LDN Architects?selected bricks via the York Handmade of Alne, near Easingwold, to make sure that a beautiful, high-quality fa?ade.

York Handmade has become making bricks in York for upwards of 70 years from local Triassic mudstone clay that was utilised in the region for centuries. You can actually bricks happen to be utilised in a range of prestigious locations, for example the Shard in London and Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.

David Armitage, the chairman of York Handmade, said: “My family members have been making bricks in Yorkshire for more than a century, so the new Central Library and Archives in Halifax means much to us. Were very proud being involved this contract continues a unique tradition.

“It had been a privilege to remain invited towards the official opening from the new library, that is simply magnificent. When libraries are closing from coast to coast, it truly is heart-warming to check out the area of Halifax opening new ones. There’s really no doubt this library will certainly be a great focal point the area.

“We have taken great want to make sure that the combination of lighter and darker colours is different to the project to ensure the new Central Library and Archives complements the sandstone that makes up the majority of the Piece Hall. The long form of our bricks is a lot like the methods found in the majority of Halifax’s traditional buildings,” said Mr Armitage.

The new library is fashioned throughout the remains within the Square Church and many from the new bricks are used inside, near the exposed stone in the church walls.

Cllr Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader, said: “We are delighted that our new Central Library and Archives is open for folks to enjoy. This can be the next phase with the remarkable transformation of Halifax town centre – the fresh library next to the Piece Hall, Square Chapel, Calderdale Industrial Museum and Orangebox young people’s centre adds to the vibrant cultural, heritage and learning quarter.

“The library is really a stunning mix off old and new, conserving the landmark spire and rose window on the Square Church in a 21st century building with state-of-the-art facilities. The bricks is one instance of the concern and a focus to detail which happen to have gone in the project C plus the effect can be a truly striking building.”


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