Regeneration scheme finishes at town centre site

Work to transform the Northgate development in Halifax town centre has now finished, revealing modern new office, retail spaces and an improved public courtyard.

The development has seen the transformation of the former central library and council offices.

The library section opened as Trinity Sixth Form Academy in September 2020 and the remaining space has been developed to provide high-quality office space and a new retail and leisure offer.

Calderdale Council has handed the office space over to RSA, a multi-national insurance group. Preparations are being made for the group’s staff to move in.

The completed commercial and academic developments at Northgate is expected to introduce footfall of approximately 1,500 people per day into Halifax town centre, supporting the economic recovery of local businesses.

There are also four ground floor retail/commercial spaces, which could be let as cafes, restaurants, gyms or further smaller office spaces. These units are currently being marketed.

Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and strategy, Councillor Jane Scullion, said: “The completion of work at Northgate House, including the reveal of the courtyard, is a major milestone in the transformation of this site, supporting a thriving town centre with improved public spaces.

“The work also complements the wider regeneration of Halifax, particularly the work taking place to improve public transport facilities, with the Northgate development well placed to benefit from the transformation of the adjacent bus station.

“Individually these projects are impressive, but together they’re truly transforming our town centre, with millions of pounds worth of investment supporting our economic recovery and contributing towards an exciting future.” 

Julie Butler, business leader at RSA Insurance in Halifax, said: “We are really looking forward to moving in later this year.

“Across our business we operate a hybrid working model and high quality, modern office space, such as Northgate House, is an integral component of this.”

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “The regeneration of Northgate House is a great example of how we are working with our local authority partners to make West Yorkshire an even better place to live and work.

“This transformational scheme in the heart of Halifax will help boost skills and job opportunities, while also increasing footfall and acting as a catalyst for further investment.

“Importantly, Northgate House is also well-served by public transport links, including the new Halifax Bus Station, which is currently undergoing a £17.7m redevelopment.”

Sir Roger Marsh, chairman of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the NP11 group of Northern Local Enterprise Partnerships, added: “We’re committed to leading the economic recovery and regeneration schemes such as this have a vital role to play in attracting businesses and further investment to our region.

“We have a strong track record in supporting projects that deliver growth and jobs benefitting all our communities.  This work is more important than ever.”

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