Search on to find best new building for Trust award

This new conservatory at Ash Barn, Syke Lane, Ogden, Halifax in traditional materials stone, timber and glass was commended in the Halifax Civic Trust Awards, 2011
This new conservatory at Ash Barn, Syke Lane, Ogden, Halifax in traditional materials stone, timber and glass was commended in the Halifax Civic Trust Awards, 2011

Name your favourite new or restored building in Calderdale this year.

That’s the challenge set by the Halifax Civic Trust as they seek out a winner for their annual award.

The Trust, which has been handing out the Halifax Civic Trust Award for 20 years, wants the people of Calderdale to find buildings and environmental projects worthy of the crown.

As well as new buildings, awards are given for the rescue, reuse or conversion of old, sometimes dilapidated buildings which have been given a new lease of life.

Awards co-ordinator David Hanson said: “Awards are given for high-quality new building, the reuse and restoration of old buildings, landscaping or any other work of a high standard which makes a significant improvement to the fabric of the town or countryside of Halifax.

“We are again appealing to local people to nominate their favourite projects of the past year.”

Previous awards have been made for schemes ranging from restored mills, shops, warehouses and cottages to a new garage showroom, school and doctors’ surgery.

Major schemes such as the former Halifax Building Society’s headquarters in Halifax town centre, the conversion of the old Royal Halifax Infirmary to flats and the restoration of Shibden Park have also won.

The 2012 accolades will be given for work substantially carried out in 2011 and will be presented at the trust’s annual general meeting in April at Halifax Town Hall.

Awards are made for schemes within the area of Halifax Civic Trust’s jurisdiction, that is the area of the former County Borough of Halifax, from Luddenden in the west to Northowram and Southowram in the east and from Copley in the south to Ogden in the north.

Last year’s main award was given for the sympathetic conversion of the former Clare Hall School in Prescott Street, Halifax, to 50 apartments in a scheme that retained many listed building features.

David added: “There are no complicated forms to fill in, just the tell us the building or project.”

Anyone can nominate a scheme for an award by emailing david.hanson111@gmail.com

The trust will produce a shortlist and visit the projects before announcing the winners in April.