Starting to emerge: rooms for the people

Scaffolding and building work on Old Bridge and HB Council offices, Hebden Bridge
Scaffolding and building work on Old Bridge and HB Council offices, Hebden Bridge

THE steel frame for the extension to Hebden Bridge Town Hall is beginning to take shape.

Concrete bases for the floors will be positioned soon.

“We have now reached the stage where the broad shape of the new building is becoming apparent,” said Peter Hirst, chairman of Hebden Bridge Community Association.

“We are excited to see what will become a set of important new community facilities for the town gradually rising from the ground.”

The work will create a new public hall and function room, meeting rooms, exhibition space, a riverside balcony and courtyard and enterprise units for new and developing businesses.

The work will also enable the first-floor council chamber and offices of the town and parish councils to be fully accessible.

Building is expected to be complete by the spring and the association is making plans for a series of launch events for the new building.

The next hard-hat tours will be on Saturday, December 3, from 10 am until noon.

l Another nearby structure which is clothed in scaffolding at the moment is the centuries-old packhorse bridge over the River Hebden, which is being restored.