A Halifax church has benefited from a donation after offering its premises to a Calderdale-based construction firm as part of a regeneration project.
Greendale, the sustainable energy division of Southdale, Halifax, has been using Boothtown and Southowram Methodist Church as a base for its Beverley Place development scheme in Boothtown with Calderdale Council.
The project has seen the creation of six self-contained flats for disadvantaged people.
But instead of Greendale having to build its own temporary base for the project, the neighbouring church offered its space to the company and, in return, the firm made a significant donation towards the running costs and general upkeep of the premises.
Andrew Mitchell, senior steward at Boothtown and Southowram Methodist Church, said: “We just felt that the idea of having a cabin as an office for the site would potentially cause some issues for residents nearby, so, after initially speaking with Southdale, we were more than happy to lend our support and offer our premises to such a worthwhile project.
“The donation is very welcome, and we are very grateful to Southdale for its generosity. The money will help with the running costs of the church, especially since we operate for youth organisations and are always open to the community.”
In its first year of trading, Greendale, which specialises in refurbishment, planned maintenance and energy efficiency work, has saved more than 60,000 tonnes of carbon emissions with the installation of energy efficient measures to 1,000 homes throughout West Yorkshire.
Nick O’Connor, director of Greendale, said: “We are very grateful to Boothtown and Southowram Methodist Church for allowing our staff to use its facilities, which has been a massive help to us throughout the development.
“I hope the donation serves the church community well, and I would like to wish Andrew and the church all the best going forward.”