Past skills set to help their future

BUILDING students from Calderdale College have gone back in time for a lesson in building conservation.

Heritage Works – a charity which specialises in restoring listed buildings – organised visits to a site at 6-8 King Cross Street, Halifax, which is undergoing extensive conservation work to show apprentices the skills required in conservation work.

Renovation of old roofs, gutters and windows is being done by Halifax firm Watson Construction.

Students saw craftsmen at work, asked them about their profession and saw how restoration has given the Georgian building a facelift.

The students who are on the Intermediate Craft Award in Brickwork, visited the buildings which are being preserved with the help of Yorkshire Forward, Action Halifax and Townscape Heritage lottery funding.

They form part of the Halifax Renaissance area.

Construction Programme Manager, Roosevelt Alexa-nder said: "This gives give learners an opportunity to visualise what they have learned on the course including renovation work, roof and chimney construction, scaffolding, health and safety and an opportunity to meet experienced time-served crafts people."

Senior Manager of Projects for Yorkshire Forward's Renaissance Towns and Cities Team Graham Halliday said: "The renaissance process relies on the active participation of the community, so we are delighted that these students are involved in transforming their town.

"This unique learning experience will add to their skill sets and provide first hand experience of a high-quality renaissance sche-me, hopefully leading to long and prosperous careers in the building environment."