The stage is set for a major Minster makeover which will leave one of Halifax’s best-loved gems transformed.
The outdated 1980s wooden dais in Halifax Minster’s Nave area is to be removed, and in its place will be a new Nave floor and area made from local, Yorkshire stone sympathetic to the historic building.
Underneath the existing dais, or ‘stage’ is currently a six feet deep void, which will be filled in before the area is levelled and Yorkshire flagstones, supplied by Marshall’s of Halifax, are laid on top.
The major restoration is part of the Minster’s “Widening Participation Project”, aimed at making the building more sustainable and versatile in order to be able to stage a variety of productions - as well as making worship more accessible.
The work will get underway in the New Year, with the Minster closing on January 11 until March 20.
This will be the first time in its history that Minster has closed. However, worship will go ahead as usual in other areas of the building.
Vicar of Halifax, the Rev Canon Hilary Barber said: “Creating the new area will make the Minster more flexible as a space for many organisations and groups. We are undertaking this work for cultural, educational and civic purposes, and my dream is that we will then have sufficient space in order to be able to stage a wealth of different performances.”
The work is expected to cost around £100,000 and is being made possible thanks to a grant of £60,000 from SITA Trust, plus support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, Lloyds Banking Group and the Friends of Halifax Minster.