Plaza’s the place for Halifax office space

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A DRAWING has gone on show of a new town centre office block which could be built beside the Broad Street Plaza.

The four-storey opposite Halifax Town Hall forms part of the £40 million scheme being carried out by Gregory Projects, part of the Leeds-based Gregory Property Group.

It is expected to create 400 jobs.

The Plaza should open fully in the summer but the office at the corner of Broad Street and Orange Street will follow later.

The Vue multi-screen cinema will be ready in early July and there will be leisure outlets and eateries including Nando’s, TGI Friday’s and Pure Gym, making the scheme 95 per cent let.

Other tenants include Frankie and Benny’s, The Chinese Buffet, Wetherspoons, Harvester, Pizza Express, a 100-bed Premier Inn hotel, a 429 space car park, and an NHS drop in centre.

The council will have a new one stop shop for advice and information.

Broad Street Plaza is one of the biggest mixed-use and leisure schemes underway in the North of England since the onset of the downturn. It is also the most significant new regeneration development in Halifax for more than a decade.

David Brimblecombe, managing director of Gregory Projects said: “The support from our financial backers and key stakeholders in Calderdale has been tremendous and instrumental in helping us to get the £40 million scheme off the ground. Equally the commitment we have in place by some of the UK’s most prominent leisure operators is testament to great confidence in the local market.”

Nick Ferris, director of joint lettings agent Jones Lang LaSalle’s, said: “The success of the scheme has enabled it to soak up pent-up demand from restaurant operators for high-quality space in the region and bring them to Halifax.

“We have been able to attract many national restaurant outlets because operators like to be next to one another to benefit from critical mass and, in this case, to share the benefits of footfall generated by the multiplex cinema.

“Halifax was not previously on the Pizza Express target list but the success of Broad Street Plaza means that the company feels that it must have a presence there.”

Broad Street Plaza is being built by local company Marshall Construction of Elland.