Seek­ing year’s best build­ings

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Her­itage group Hal­i­fax Civic Trust is call­ing on lo­cal peo­ple: Tell us your favourite new build­ing scheme – and it could win an award.

The trust is on the look­out for the best new or re­stored build­ings and other en­vi­ron­men­tal im­prove­ments and will hand out awards for the best of them in May.

Hal­i­fax Civic Trust Awards have been made since 1992 to en­cour­age high-qual­ity de­sign and crafts­man­ship in schemes in Hal­i­fax and the sur­round­ing coun­try­side.

Awards have been given for a wide range of projects, from re­stored mills, shops, ware­houses and houses to a new garage show­room, schools, med­i­cal cen­tres, new hous­ing, the re­fur­bish­ment of banks and pubs and the cre­ation of a moor­land gar­den.

Ma­jor schemes such as the for­mer Hal­i­fax Build­ing So­ci­ety’s head­quar­ters, the con­ver­sion of the old Royal Hal­i­fax In­fir­mary to flats and the restora­tion of Shib­den Park have also been award win­ners.

Last year’s main award went to Parkin­son Lane Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School , Hal­i­fax, which, de­spite be­ing hemmed in by roads and hous­ing, man­aged to al­most dou­ble its in­ter­nal floorspace by cre­at­ing an en­tirely new floor within the up­per parts of the ex­ist­ing build­ing.

Two other schemes were com­mended, a walled gar­den at Mount Zion Methodist Church, Og­den, Hal­i­fax, and the stylish ren­o­va­tion of part of the art deco Three Pi­geons pub­lic house in South Pa­rade.

The main award each year is in the form of a green plaque. Other win­ners re­ceive cer­tifi­cates. This year’s awards will be pre­sented at the trust’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at Hal­i­fax Town Hall in May.

Awards are made for schemes within Hal­i­fax Civic Trust’s area, that is the for­mer County Bor­ough of Hal­i­fax, from Lud­den­den in the west to Southowram in the east. Awards are usu­ally given for work sub­stan­tially car­ried out dur­ing the pre­vi­ous year.

Any­one can nom­i­nate a scheme; just con­tact David Han­son on 01422 373038 or at david.han­son@jpress.co.uk The trust will then pro­duce a short­list of el­i­gi­ble en­tries and visit them be­fore an­nounc­ing the win­ners.

Win­ner: a new gallery in the hall at Parkin­son Lane School, Hal­i­fax

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