Rushbond helps library book a place at Centenary Square


As libraries all over the country are close, we’ve recently helped one local library open up a whole new chapter. Following negotiations with Bradford City Council, we’ve agreed a deal to ensure Bradford Central Library has a new home in Centenary Square’s last available unit.

Our Development Surveyor, Richard Baker explains why this is such a good move: “City Library will be a fantastic addition to Centenary Square and the fact it will be in such a prominent position, in the heart of the city centre and close to rail and bus links, will enable more people to take advantage of this superb resource. Our existing occupiers include Nandos, Starbucks, Forsters Bistro, J D Wetherspoon and Bradford College, which already combine to attract good levels of footfall in the area and this will be boosted further by City Library. It will also enhance the fantastic range of leisure, cultural and education facilities on offer in City Park, which, just 18 months after opening, is already resulting in a wide range of tangible benefits and proving to be a great asset for the city of Bradford.”

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, the Council’s executive member for culture, said, “It is fantastic that we have got this modern, light, airy space to house a library right next to City Park and Centenary Square. It enables us to deliver a 21st century library service. It is not just about books, it is about events. If you look at libraries across the district the highest visitor numbers are the ones that hold the most events.”

The library is due to open in December 2013 and will house 60,000 books, around 40 computers and will host a wide range of events for the community.

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