There will be some significant maintenance works taking place at Warrington Museum and Central Library over the coming months. Warrington Borough Council will be making some major repairs to the roof, with the works and chosen contractor to be formally approved at Cabinet in May. This work has been required for some time, but it is a very complicated and expensive project, and has taken some time to be finalised.
Because of the nature of the work, it will mean that the building cannot be occupied whilst repairs are undertaken, and the collections will need to be moved out or protected.
LiveWire and Culture Warrington have been working together with the Council to agree a suitable alternative location to house the library, archive and museum services for a temporary period of time, until the building can be reopened again. Golden Square Shopping Centre have offered a space next to Waterstone and WHSmith, in what used to be the USC clothing store. It is a large space located on a very busy stretch, which will hopefully open up opportunities to welcome new visitors to the library, as well as ensuring town centre services for existing customers.
The intention is to move the library over between the 7th – 17th May, allowing for opening of both the temporary library and museum at the same time and in line with the Government’s roadmap. Moving now will minimise disruption to service as much as possible, and will allow contractors on site straight away as soon as Cabinet approval is secured. We expect work to take around 6 months.