Orangebox project is underway

Work on the new Orangebox Project at Thomas Street, Halifax.
Work on the new Orangebox Project at Thomas Street, Halifax.
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IT’S currently a box without a lid but by October young people will have a new purpose-built space.

The Orangebox project welcomed its first teen visitors on site to see how building work is progressing.

The group from Youthworks, which will be based at Orangebox, were taken inside the shell of the building in Thomas Street, Halifax.

Rather than building from scratch, the development, costing £3.8million, is refurbishing an existing building for the centre.

The centre will include a cafe, recording studio, rehearsal rooms, social areas, climbing tunnel and much more.

But it will not just be about fun. There will also be advice on health, housing, dealing with the effects of violence, crime prevention and careers.

David McQuillan, development manager from Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, the leading partners on the project, went on the tour, led by project manager Steve Sutcliffe.

He said: “Seeing the bricks laid and walls built over this next 12- month period will be evidence of not only the physical foundations laid, but also of the commitment given by the partnership, by Square Chapel and by the hundreds of young people involved.”

Katy Pogue, 18, has been involved in the project since 2008.

She said: “It’s an amazing thing for youths and it’s amazing to see it actually happening after three years of work.”

Calderdale Council Cabinet member Coun Pauline Nash said: “The Orangebox will be another piece in the jigsaw which will result in a wonderful cultural quarter for Halifax, complementing the Piece Hall and Square Chapel.”

The work has been funded by a Lottery grant.