Accolades for the best new building schemes

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Winners of this year’s Halifax Civic Trust Awards received their accolades from the Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Pat Allen, at the trust’s annual meeting.

The awards are made every year for high-quality building or environmental works in and around the town.

Top award for 2015 went to Parkinson Lane Community Primary School which, despite being hemmed in by roads and housing, has doubled its internal floorspace by creating an entire new floor within the upper parts of the existing building.

The school made more new space by digging into the ground to create a new basement and also added a number of small building extensions.

The trust said the scheme showed a “high level of creativity and ingenuity”.

The chairman of the school governors,Tariq Rafiq, said: “The school is a very important Victorian building housing Parkinson Lane School, which is a very special place – a great building and a great school.”

Two other schemes were commended by the trust. First, the creation of a walled garden at Mount Zion Methodist Church, Ogden, Halifax, in memory of church stalwart Irene Cunliffe, who died in 2010.

The Three Pigeons public house in South Parade, Halifax, was also commended for its stylish renovation of two rooms in spirit of the rest of this unspoilt art deco pub, built in 1932.

A talk on the work of the Halifax Renaissance Town Team over the past 15 years was given by its chairman, John Kenealy. He spoke about the town team’s work on such major projects as the restoration of Somerset House, George Street, Halifax, the creation of the Westgate Arcade, the building of the Broad Street Plaza and the scheme for renovating the Piece Hall.