Calderdale’s state-of-the art education facility ready for September 2020
Calderdale Council has confirmed that construction on its new sixth form centre in Halifax town centre has completed ahead of the upcoming academic year.
A major milestone in the town centre’s wider regeneration plan, the project has seen the transformation of the unused central library building which has been turned into the home of the new, modern Trinity Sixth Form Academy, with capacity to accommodate 600 students.
This success of the build is thanks to the council’s partnership with several organisations including Trinity Multi-Academy Trust, Rastrick High School, LDN Architects, blacc and MAC Construction Consultants.
The Sixth Form Centre will deliver an improved education and skills offering, helping retain talent locally.
This, alongside the Council’s wider ‘Next Chapter’ regeneration programme and Vision2024 – which will see the delivery of 12,000 sq ft. retail and 40,000 sq ft office space at Northgate House – will help increase footfall and will provide economic growth and employment opportunities in Halifax.
Take a first glimpse of the transformed building in this short film.
The Council will hand over the completed sixth form centre to Trinity Multi-Academy Trust in summer 2020 and work on Northgate House is expected to complete in Summer 2021.
Commenting on the build Cllr Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Resources, said the completed sixth form centre is an ‘extraordinary example of regeneration’ and that it had given the former library building an ‘exciting new lease of life’.
She went on to say that it was thanks to the ‘phenomenal amount of partnership work’ that the project had been able to reach completion in just 18 months – ‘especially with the added challenges of an exceptionally wet winter and the COVID-19 pandemic’.
Cllr Adam Wilkinson, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, added that they were proud that Calderdale now has its very own sixth form centre, and that they ‘couldn’t be more impressed with the top-quality design and construction work’.
Michael Gosling, CEO of Trinity Multi-Academy Trust, said: “We are extremely proud to be part of this significant and game-changing development. Seeing the Trinity Sixth Form Academy come to completion is a testament to our commitment in ensuring our students fulfil their potential and this new state-of-the-art building creates an impressive foundation to make that happen.”
Richard Crosby, Director at blacc, said: “As a Halifax based Construction Management business, we are incredibly proud to have delivered this project as principal contractor with Calderdale Council. There is something special about handing the keys over to a happy customer in our hometown of Halifax.
“The project shows what can be achieved when the customer, professional team and trades all work together. The sixth form centre is a truly amazing facility and will be a great asset to the pupils and the borough as a whole.”
Yusoff Ghaznavi, Managing Director at MAC Construction Consultants, who provided Quantity Surveying and Construction Design Management services on the project said: “Calderdale have been innovative and brave in their Construction Management procurement route.
“It has been a delight to work with them and the broader team in achieving a major project milestone on an important piece of regeneration for the town centre and wider region.”
For more information about the Trinity Sixth Form Academy project visit http://calderdalenextchapter.co.uk/projects/halifax-northgate-house
The Northgate transformation is part of the Next Chapter to enable economic growth, reduce inequalities and build a sustainable future. For more information about this and other exciting developments in Calderdale, visit www.calderdalenextchapter.co.uk.