It's green for Orangebox

A £3.8 million youth project in Halifax town centre has been given the green light by planners.

The Orangebox scheme in Thomas Street will transform a building currently used as a store for museum artefacts into a young people's centre.

It will house a rooftop skate park, rehearsal and teaching rooms, meeting rooms and a cafe.

It will also offer advice on health, housing, bullying, crime and careers.

Trustees at Square Chapel Arts Centre have secured lottery money from the Department for Education. It is expected by the end of March and work could start in summer.

Square Chapel development manager David McQuillan was overjoyed and praised the design by Hebden Bridge-based Studio Baad.

"They know the area and have worked with local young people," he said.

Last month the Government confirmed it was one of 57 youth projects that could still go-ahead.

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