Welsh Government gives £625,000 for fire repairs at National Library

National Library of Wales Photo - Venita

National Library of Wales
Photo – Venita

THE NATIONAL LIBRARY of Wales is to receive £625,000 from the Welsh Government, to go towards repairs to the building following a fire in April which caused £5m worth of damage.

The money, which will help repair the damaged part of the library’s roof and top floor, is part of a £4.5m package for projects at the National Library.

An investigation found that the fire, which took place on 26 April this year, was accidentally started by workers using a blowtorch. Their employers, MEM Construction, went into liquidation in July.  The announcement of the funding was made by Culture Minister John Griffiths, following a meeting with Sir Deian Hopkin, library president, and Aled Gruffydd, the new chief executive and librarian. Mr Griffiths said that the work would restore the roof and top floor of the damaged building to a “basic operational condition by spring 2014”.

Griffiths also stated that:
“A further £375,000 extra capital funding has been allocated to the library in 2014-15 to assist with on-going work to invest in the library’s building and infrastructure to support its important work”.

“The [Welsh Government’s] draft budget also outlines an additional £3.5m capital funding provided from Welsh government central capital reserves – £3.3m in 2014-15 and £200,000 in 2015-16. This significant investment by the Welsh government will enable preparatory works for a wider project on conservation, digital preservation and access which the library is developing.”