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Steelwork completes at Doncaster cultural centre

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Containing 380t of structural steelwork, the frame for the Doncaster Cultural and Learning Centre has been completed by Hambleton Steel.

The new steel-framed building surrounds the frontage of the former Doncaster Grammar School for Girls. A glazed elevation will allow the retained structure to be visible from the street and thereby make it one of the borough’s most eye-catching buildings.

Three existing buildings (Doncaster Central Library, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery and the Library Services for Schools) will be consolidated into this new central hub.

The building will have the space and facilities to display exhibits that have been locked away from public view for years, including the town’s famous Roman Danum Shield, which was unearthed in 1971, and the Royal Borough Charters.

The building’s lower ground floor will also house a railway museum and exhibit two locomotives built in Doncaster.

A council spokesperson said: “Keeping this element of the former girls’ school means we can preserve Doncaster’s heritage and create a building that could possibly bring local and national awards.

The new building is set over four floors and covers much of the footprint of the former school. The steel braced frame supports metal decking and a concrete topping to form a composite flooring solution throughout the structure.

The completed Doncaster Central Library and Museum is due to open in August 2020.

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