Makeover for old grammar school base

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A Grade II listed building in Halifax has been given a new lease of life as a state-of-the-art centre for learning for children and adults.

The Heath Campus, in the Skircoat area, is now fully occupied after undergoing a £3.5 million makeover funded by a range of organisations.

The building, which is owned by the Heath Trust, has been transformed inside into a modern, first-class learning facility. The tenants are Savile Park Primary School, Calderdale Music Trust and the Council-run Calderdale Adult Learning, Discover Library Service for schools and Specialist Inclusion Service.

Plans for the refurbishment started in summer 2014, and funding from Calderdale Council, the Heath Trust and external grants made it possible.

Councillor Megan Swift, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, said: “We invested in Heath Campus to help create a brand new, top-quality facility for a range of ages. It’s a great learning environment and continues Heath’s long history of education. Feedback from learners has been really positive.”

Before the new tenants arrived, Heath Campus was used as a training and development centre for hire, and offices for Calderdale Council staff. Tenants will soon be once again promoting their rooms for hire by local groups when they are not in use.

The building was originally home to Heath Grammar School, from 1585 to 1985. The renovation work was sensitive to the building’s listed status and incorporates some of the original features.

Paul Beevers, Chair of the Heath Trust, said: “I’m delighted that Heath Campus is now up and running. It’s an excellent facility in the community, bringing exciting new learning opportunities for local people. It’s wonderful to see this historic building being used to its full potential.”