Blackburn Library Phase 1
Location: Town Hall Street, Blackburn, Lacashire
The scaffold begins to come down 3rd March 2014
Mitchell's started to remove the first section of scaffold revealing the original façade of this magnificent building. Having a tantalizing glimpse of what's to come adds to the overall anticipation.
The new look is restricted to one section at present, an extensive section of the Northgate elevation scaffold is to remain which will be linked to the next phase set to run the length of Town Hall Street elevation.
£2m facelift for Blackburn Central Library approved in 2012 to remove the damaged cladding and restore the building's exterior to its original 1920’s façade. The work is described as the first step in restoring Blackburn Central Library’s façade to its “original 1920's appearance to enable it to become a landmark for the town centre”.
Work Got under-way with Mitchell’s providing the scaffolding for the removal of the link bridge which connected the library with King Georges Hall.
The first phase of this project has seen the Link Bridge taken away and repairs to King Georges Hall begun to Make good the area where the Bridge jointed the Building. The removal of the Link Bridge between the Library and King Georges hall is where Mitchell’s added scaffold as a protection against falling debris. As the bridge was craned out the scaffold was extended to allow the building repair to be undertaken.
The second stage of Phase one is now well under-way, Mitchell's have fully installed the 8 lift scaffolding that will afford the stone masons a platform to repair the façade to its former glory.
Ensuring the masons have good access, a separate tower linking every platform level was installed along with the debris netting to enclose the work.