21 ways that Halifax has changed since the year 2000
From demolitions and new developments to the town and borough making the name of itself in the world of TV here are 21 ways Halifax has changed since the year 2000.
In 2012 Broad Street Plaza came to town bringing a whole host of restaurants, a Premier Inn and cinema. Previously a Netto supermarket stood in its place which was knocked down to make way for it.
The redevelopment of The Piece Hall is obviously a huge change that's taken place since 2000. Championing independent shops and bringing tourists to the area it has seen the start of a regeneration in Halifax.
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In 2019 we said goodbye to the tower blocks at Beech Hill. The flats could be spotted for decades at the top of town and had previously featured in the background of many episodes of the Channel 4 drama Ackley Bridge.
Since 2000, Halifax and wider Calderdale has seen its star rise and achieve the name Callywood for its feature and influence in a number of major television shows including Last Tango in Halifax.
The front of Halifax train station has seen a face lift since the start of the Millenium. In 2009 a 2.5 million refurbishment scheme began and included various repairs and covering the platform.
The Royal Halifax Infirmary opened in 1896 and closed in 2001, being replaced by Calderdale Royal Hospital. Part of the former hospital buildings, which is grade II listed, was converted into apartments.
Back in 2000 there was Halifax Blue Sox but as of 2020 we have the Halifax Panthers. The rugby club returned to the nam Halifax RLFC at the start of 2003 after being known as Blue Sox between 1996 and 2002.
Cow Green multi-storey car park closed in 2013 and was demolished at the start of 2016 due to it being in a dangerous condition. Once the site was cleared for redevelopment it was turned into a 72 space car park.
Since 2000, St Catherine's Catholic High School in Holmfield has transformed from a normal secondary school to a fictional one. Ackley Bridge now uses the building to film the Channel 4 series.
HBOS was formed at the starts of 2000s after a merger of Halifax plc and the Bank of Scotland but then in 2009 the group was acquired by Lloyds Banking Group. The big office at Trinity Road hasn't changed however.
Up until 2015 the offices of the Halifax Courier were located on King Cross Street. Paper production then moved to an office at Dean Clough.
This iconic pub was a familiar sight to those driving into town from Salterhebble. Sadly the 220-year-old venue off Church Street was demolished in 2016 with plans for it to be turned into a car park for a new shopping centre.
Back in 2000 Halifax residents could pay a visit to the local Blockbuster Video and rent a film. The town centre branch closed down back in 2013 when the chain went into administration.
Since 2000 the old cinema now nightclub on Commercial Street has gone through three name changes. First we had Coliseum, then there was Liquid and now we have Atik.
At the start of the millennium, football fans could watch Halifax Town AFC play at the Shay. But when the club went into administration in the 200708 season they were replace by FC Halifax Town.
After 131 years at its home on Carlton Street, Halifax Register Office made the move to Spring Hall.
The covered Westgate Shopping Arcade was a multi million pound development project completed in 2007 that aimed to attract more independent retailers to the town centre.
Work to regenerate Dean Clough mills into a thriving part of town has really taken shape since 2000. There's now around 150 businesses operating there as well as restaurants, bars and a hotel.
It was a sad day in Halifax back in 2009 when the much-loved shop on Market Street closed its doors when the company went into administration. The site is now a Poundland.
Over the past couple of years Northgate House has begun to undergo a major development project which has seen the library move and the space has been transformed into a Sixth Form centre.
As part of a project which is still ongoing, Salterhebble Hill has seen a change since the year 2000. In an effort to reduce congestion, 2017 saw the development of the road to improve traffic flow."