What Halifax businesses have said on the Northgate House and Halifax Sixth Form development

Kristina Parkes and Aisling Wall from Calderdale Council, Mick Stansfield from Le Munch Bunch, Glenn Craven from Janet Greens photography store, and Becky Brooksbank from Le Munch Bunch.
Kristina Parkes and Aisling Wall from Calderdale Council, Mick Stansfield from Le Munch Bunch, Glenn Craven from Janet Greens photography store, and Becky Brooksbank from Le Munch Bunch.

Halifax Town centre businesses have been visiting Northgate House and the adjoining Central Library, as the transformation of both buildings starts to take shape.

Halifax Town centre businesses have been visiting Northgate House and the adjoining Central Library, as the transformation of both buildings starts to take shape.

Work taking place at Northgate House

Work taking place at Northgate House

As part of the wider transformation of Halifax, Calderdale Council is renovating its vacant former office building, Northgate House, to provide more than 40,000 square foot of high quality office space with new retail units on the ground floor.

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This is in addition to the new sixth form centre which is being jointly developed by Calderdale Council, Trinity Multi-Academy Trust and Rastrick High School in the former Halifax Central Library.

During the visit, some of the businesses shared their thoughts on the Northgate House and Halifax sixth form project. Glenn Craven, of Janet Green’s photography said: “(Northgate) can only benefit the town. It’s going to bring so many people in to the town centre, it’s a massive plus. A no brainer.”

Becky Brooksbank from Le Munch Bunch sandwich shop, opposite Northgate House, said: “The site management and staff have been very considerate throughout. They’ve kept disruption to a minimum and kept us informed.”

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After a busy few months on site, businesses were invited to join Calderdale Council staff on a visit to hear about plans and see how the project is progressing.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Resources, Councillor Jane Scullion, said: “Work at the Northgate House site is continuing apace and it’s exciting to see the buildings taking shape.

“The project aims to increase footfall, trade and jobs in Halifax town centre alongside plans for improved transport links, attractive public spaces and pedestrianised areas.

“This development offers real potential for many of our local businesses and I’m pleased that many went along to the site visit. Businesses were able to have a look around and find out more about our plans for the space, keeping them informed and allowing them to make the most of these future opportunities.”

Work is moving forward quickly on the project, with recent developments including the creation of a new atrium, installation of new windows and frames in the sixth form centre and work to create the new courtyard area.

Classroom areas are starting to take shape, with the addition of partition walls, and the installation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing services progressing.

Subject to final approvals for the project, the state-of-the-art offices and shops are expected to be completed in 2020.

The new Halifax sixth form will welcome students in January 2020. It’s expected that around 600 new students and staff will be accommodated from next year.