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British Library Newspaper DepositoryThe British Library is constructing a storage facility at Boston Spa in West Yorkshire to enable all of its vast collection of newspapers to be moved from its current London location.

The 25m tall steel-framed building was erected by The AA Group (TAAG) working on behalf of main contractor Kier. The company erected 500t of structural steelwork, 30t of secondary steel and a further 30t of cold rolled purlins and cladding rails for the job.

The structure, scheduled for completion in 2013, will be airtight with a low oxygen air system to reduce the risk of fire.

Construction of the warehouse is taking place on a plot adjacent to a similar building – housing the British Library’s book collection – which was built a few years ago.

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