Modern design and splendour make ‘fascinating’ Halifax special

Lloyds Banking Group, Trinity Road, Halifax.
Lloyds Banking Group, Trinity Road, Halifax.
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Halifax has received amazing tributes from English Heritage after it recognised another of our buildings as worthy of listed status.

The Halifax Building, home of Lloyds Banking Group formerly built as the head office of the Halifax Building Society, has been designated a Grade II listed building. The iconic building was built between 1968 and 1974 and is one of the best-known buildings in town.

English Heritage has seen plenty worth celebrating in the history of Halifax describing it as a “special” place.

At the same time the Borough Market has been upgraded from Grade II listed to Grade II* recognising its importance to, not only the town, but in the history of Britain’s covered markets.

Nick Bridgland, designation team leader for the north, said: “Halifax is full of fascinating listed buildings and the ones highlighted here demonstrate just that. From the Post-War modernity of the Halifax Building, to the Victorian designs of Borough Market through to the splendour of the Piece Hall, these listings and more detailed descriptions celebrate that variety and what makes Halifax special.” The updgradings have been part of a wider survey by English Heritage looking at the history of the fantastic architecture in our town from the Town Hall to Somerset House and Halifax Minster.

A spokesperson said of the Halifax Building: “This visually striking building, a landmark to anyone who lives in or visits Halifax, has been listed for its bold and clever design. The building, designed by architect firm Building Design Partnership, was highly praised and drew attention both in the UK and abroad and was awarded both the RIBA Award for Architecture and the European Architectural Heritage Year Award in 1975.”

English Heritage reserved praise for the Borough Market which was first listed as Grade II in 1973 but has now been upgrade because “it’s such a rare survival of a covered market and for its lively, decorative ironwork design”.

Some of Halifax’s most historically important buildings have also benefitted from the survey with the Piece Hall, Town Hall, Somerset House and the Church of St John the Baptist (Halifax Minster) all being given much more detailed list descriptions on the National Heritage List for England, the online database of all designated sites.