In a deal worth almost £3 million, Strategic Team Group was appointed by Hebden Bridge Community Association, to carry out the construction work. The project, which is set to be completed by February 2012, is partly funded by the Communitybuilders Fund and the European Union for the region’s economic development, through the Yorkshire and Humber European Regional Development Fund programme 2007-12. The building has been designed by Bauman Lyons Architects, engineering services by Arup and Bernard Williams Associates as quantity surveyors.
As well as restoring the existing Town Hall, which dates back to 1897, including making it accessible to all, great emphasis has been placed on ensuring the new wing, which will house a multi-function hall, meeting space, a rehearsal room for the Light Opera and Youth Theatre groups, and small enterprise space, integrates with the existing fine Victorian building.
Commenting on the restoration, Strategic Team Group’s business development director, Charles Tweed said:
"Whilst we have restored many buildings to their former glory, including other Yorkshire town halls, this is the first project we have carried out where volunteers from the local community have been instrumental, not only in the fundraising, but the renovation project as a whole. We are delighted to be playing a part in giving such a distinctive building a new life, preserving the town’s heritage and promoting future prosperity.”
Peter Hirst, Hebden Bridge Community Association chair said:
“It has been a long journey to raise the funding necessary to make our Town Hall fit for the twenty-first century, and we’re delighted now to see the new community and enterprise buildings gradually taking shape beside the beautiful old Victorian building.”
Strategic Team Group is currently carrying several other projects in the local area, including the construction of ten new homes on Thrush Hill Road, Mytholmroyd on behalf of St Vincents Housing Association and an extension and remodelling works at Midgley School in Midgley, on behalf of Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council. Furthermore, the firm has also completed the refurbishment of Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Cleckheaton and Batley town halls on behalf of Kirklees Council.