Building awards for the best in Halifax

Civic Trust Awards. Jed Clark, developer of Clare Hall School, with members of the Civic Trust David Glover, Dee Weaver and June Paxton.

Civic Trust Awards. Jed Clark, developer of Clare Hall School, with members of the Civic Trust David Glover, Dee Weaver and June Paxton.

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OUTSTANDING buildings and developments will be recognised at the Halifax Civic Trust awards this week.

They are given to examples of high quality restoration work, new buildings or landscaping that enhance the area.

The chosen buildings are nominated by the public and the trust’s committee then pick the winners.

Only one metal plaque will be awarded this year and this will go to the Clare Hall redevelopment at the former Halifax High School.

Property developer Jed Clark owns J Clark Properties, the company which led the refurbishment of the building.

He said: “The award enforces your belief that you are doing the right thing with a historic building.

“The building deserved saving and it’s more eco-friendly to refurbish than build somehting new.”

The trust said that great care had been taken to clean, restore and repair the exterior and replace missing masonry.

A spokesperson said: “The interior retains many unique features of the building and the conversion has been done in the spirit of the original, but with a totally modern appearance, no mean feat in what was originally a late Victorian board school.”

Commendation certificates will be handed out for three other buildings in Halifax.

The restoration of the north wing of the grade II* listed Georgian building Hope Hall, Clare Road, Halifax, will be recognised.

Brook House, Warley, Halifax, a private dwelling, has been recognised for its use of outstanding materials and workmanship.

The Royal British Legion building, Hopwood Hall, Halifax, will be commended for the quality of its repair and restoration.

Finally Ash Barn, Syke Lane, Illingworth, will pick up a commendation certificate for the exceptional craftmanship involved in adding a conservatory to the building.

It is the second award that builders DLE Construction have picked up for the oak conservatory.

They were handed the Federation of Master Builders Yorkshire and Trent Region Small Renovations Project award for 2010.

The presentation of the Halifax Civic Trust Awards will take place as part of the trust’s AGM at Halifax Town Hall on Thursday April 28.

The meeting, chaired by Mayor of Calderdale Coun Keith Watson, will get under way at 7.30pm.