A FORTUNE IN THE BOX

Something to celebrate: architects Rozita Rahman and Steve Gittner, outreach assistant Kane Rattray, project leader David McQuillan and marketing assistant Kate Hornby
Something to celebrate: architects Rozita Rahman and Steve Gittner, outreach assistant Kane Rattray, project leader David McQuillan and marketing assistant Kate Hornby

An exciting new Halifax youth project has been given the green light after a £3.8million grant was confirmed.

The Orangebox scheme has been awarded the cash through the Lottery.

The centre will provide dance, drama, art and sport facilities for youngsters, alongside counselling and support.

There will also be a recording studio, climbing tunnel, a garden and rooftop skate park.

The Orangebox will occupy two council-owned buildings next to the Piece Hall and will be a self-sufficient organisation.

David McQuillan, from Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, lead partners on the project, said he was delighted with the decision.

“This has been one of the most rewarding projects I have been involved with and it is certainly worthy of this level of investment,” he said.

“The young people involved have been absolutely inspirational in driving the project forward for over two years together and they have created something that is not only an incredible facility but also a great piece of architecture.

Calderdale Council’s Leader, Cllr Janet Battye, said: “This is really fantastic news for the young people of Calderdale. This project will tie in with the rest of the work we are trying to do to regenerate and bring a fresh vibrancy to this part of Halifax.

Craig Whittaker, MP for the Calder Valley, said, “This is a fantastic achievement and opportunity and represents a significant and deserved investment in the young people of Calder Valley and Halifax.”

Linda Riordan, MP for Halifax added, “Halifax has never experienced facilities such as these for young people. This project displays a great investment in their futures and is testament to the hard work and dedication of the young team who have enabled this to happen.”

Work on the new building is expected to begin this summer.

As well as the Square Chapel, other partners of the scheme are Action Halifax, Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, Calderdale Community Forum and Studio Baad, the Hebden Bridge based designers.

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