A building fit for a Princess

Tour of the ISG construction work at Calderdale Council's Princes Building, Halifax
Tour of the ISG construction work at Calderdale Council's Princes Building, Halifax
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Behind the scaffolding on Northgate, a building fit for a princess is gradually emerging from the rubble.

The council’s work on restoring Halifax’s iconic Princess Buildings is now well under way, and its Grade II listed features are being given a new lease of life.

Tour of the ISG construction work at Calderdale Council's Princes Building, Halifax

Tour of the ISG construction work at Calderdale Council's Princes Building, Halifax

The work is due to be completed in Spring this year and will see the former bank building transformed into a modern workspace with hotdesk seating for council employees.

Councillor Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council, said: “It’s really exciting to see the renovations at Princess Buildings taking shape. The end result will be a perfect blend of old and new.

“We are keen to preserve the fabulously quirky heritage features, but also bring the working environment right up to date.”

Part of the renovation means unusual features, such as the vaults in the old banking hall and the mahogany panelled bank manager’s chamber, will be reopened and used as meeting rooms for employees.

The Princess Buildings renovation is the final stage in the council’s regneration plan, which aims to save £7.6 million by operating from fewer buildings and being more energy efficient.

It is the last of the three town centre offices to be refurbished under the scheme .

The newly refurbished Halifax Customer First buidling opened in November 2013 and the renovation of Westgate House was completed and occupied by staff from various sites in April 2014.

The council say they hope that by having their staff based in the town centre, it will not only save on day-to-day costs but also create revenue for local shops and cafes by bringing more footfall and passing trade to central Halifax.