Architect’s praise for town hall in new book

Architect Alison Grant, left, and former Hebden Royd town councillor Jade Smith
Architect Alison Grant, left, and former Hebden Royd town councillor Jade Smith

An architect has written a book highlighting a Calderdale town hall redevelopment as a fine example of how to transform an old building into a community hub.

Alison Grant used Hebden Bridge Town Hall as a case study in the Access Audit Handbook, a guide to making sure buildings meet legal standards on disabled access.

Photographs for the case study were provided by former Hebden Royd town councillor Jade Smith, who is herself a wheelchair user and is now able to access the town hall independently for the first time.

“Jade was consulted during the early design stages and was able to give the team a personal account of the access difficulties she had encountered,” Alison said.

“On an individual level, the success of the redevelopment is demonstrated by the fact that Jade was able to access, independently and with dignity, the whole of the town hall to take her photographs.”

Alison, of Heptonstall, has been an architect for 20 years and has had her own practice since 2001.

She has worked on projects as far afield as Canada, Hong Kong and Australia.