West Yorkshire History Centre

The striking new West Yorkshire History Centre in Wakefield is the new home of the West Yorkshire Archive Service.

The upper part of the building features dramatic perforated metal cladding which appears to ‘float’ above the fully glazed lower levels beneath. The light and airy design of the ground floor office and exhibition space benefits from the slim sightlines of Senior’s popular SF52 aluminium curtain wall system and SPW600 tilt and turn thermally broken aluminium windows. The seamless glazed façade of the lower part of the building, is completed with Senior’s SPW500 aluminium commercial doors.

The building stores over 10 million archive records across three floors, so it was essential to create the ideal internal environment that would preserve and protect the historical documents. Specification of Senior’s thermally-enhanced SF52 aluminium curtain walling alongside the low U-values offered by Senior’s aluminium doors and windows helped to provide the perfect solution to the required air tightness targets.

As an important part of the wider regeneration of the Kirkgate area of Wakefield, the new West Yorkshire History Centre has been jointly funded by the five West Yorkshire Councils, West Yorkshire Joint Services and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The striking structure, which will be back-lit in the evening to accentuate the perforated metal cladding, is set to become an iconic part of the city’s landscape.


Education & Research




Broadway Malyan

Main Contractor:

Bardsey Construction Ltd


Aire Valley Architectural Aluminium Ltd


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