About British Library

The British Library’s 44-acre facility at Boston Spa has underpinned research and library services across the UK for over half a century. It is recognised internationally as one of the great library infrastructure centres of the world.

Now, some 60 years after the visionary policy decision to locate a national facility of strategic scale in the North of England, there is a pressing need for investment to renew this vital part of the UK’s collections infrastructure, driven by continued collection growth in both physical and digital formats, and a growing risk to some five million collection items from their continued storage in substandard buildings dating from the 1940s.

The Project will be to refurbish and create a new building to free up space for a creative campus of partner organisations co-located on-site alongside the Library’s collections.


This Virtual Vist will be hosted over Microsoft Teams. A link to join this will be sent before the event 

The Wates British Library site team will share and present an insightful presentation which will take you over Wates plans and the concept art of how the new British Library will look on completion. This will include a brief history and introducttion to the British Library and how this will be improved by the end of the job. You will also meet the team and hopefully learn more about the construction process.

There will also be time at the end to ask any questions you have about this job, Wates as a business or the construction industry as a whole.

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About Wates

Wates is one of the largest privately-owned construction, development and property services companies in the UK. Wates employs over 4,000 people and works with more than 10,000 supply-chain operatives and partners to successfully deliver our projects throughout the UK.

We are committed to the long-term future of the built environment. Our award-winning corporate social responsibility and sustainability programmes underpin our vision to become the most trusted partner in the built environment, leaving a positive legacy for the communities in which we work and live.

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