Hebden Bridge Town Hall is ready for a new lease of life

The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge and its new extension.
The Town Hall, Hebden Bridge and its new extension.

EVERYTHING is in place for the grand reopening of Hebden Bridge Town Town Hall, which has been altered, extended and improved at a cost of £4 million.

The aim has been to turn the Victorian council offices into the town’s beating heart of creativity.

On Saturday, invited guests will see inside the building and the new Waterfront Hall for the first time since work began in April last year.

The building used to belong to Calderdale Council but was transferred to the Hebden Bridge Community Association after a lenghty campaign and is now run as a charitable trust.

The town hall still provides office accommodation for Calderdale MBC and town and parish councils, but with function and meeting rooms for community use.

It also houses a new enterprise centre for micro businesses in the creative and digital sector.

Although admission to the town hall is limited to invited guests, there will be numerous events during the summer allowing community groups and other users to view the space and how it will be used.

First and second-floor offices are nearing completion but businesses will not move in until next month.

A loan from the Community Builders fund coupled with a £1.2m grant from the European Regional Development Fund will provide space within the 30 new offices to house small “creative and digital” businesses such as website designers, TV screenwriters and even a cartoonist.

The 200-seater Waterfront Hall has space for weddings and civil ceremonies.

Community groups will be able to use part of the premises and a catering franchise will offer locally sourced food for every occasion - from day-time snacks to larger events such as weddings and conferences.

Business support and development officer for the Hebden Bridge Creative Quarter, Amy Leader, is still keen to hear from entrepreneurs who are interested in office space or business guidance.

The town hall was built on a site originally acquired by the local council for building public baths, but the scheme failed to materialise.

Hebden Royd Urban District Council decided instead to build its offices there in 1897/8 and also incorporated space for the town’s fire brigade.

It is a grade 2 listed building.