Isg Underway £62 Million Halifax Office Scheme

ISG is beginning with a £6.2 million project to redevelop the 19th century Grade II Listed Princess Buildings in Halifax, West Yorkshire for Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council.

Halifax Town Centre Council’s aims to decrease its property estate, modernise, and improve long-term efficiency through more efficient working processes include the proposed project.

The Princess Buildings will be refurbished to create contemporary, mainly open plan office accommodation for council personnel. A totally remodelled interior will give more capacity, helping centralise critical facilities and significantly boost the council’s operational efficiency.

ISG is working in conjunction with English Heritage to protect and conserve the architecturally listed aspects of the historic buildings. More subsequent additions to the home, erected in 1858, have been meticulously dismantled as part of the project, with deliberately designed extensions to be added, that sit sensitively in the historical context and provide modern office accommodation for municipal personnel.

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Carefully stripping out the structures to a shell and core state, ISG will optimise space and unify floor levels. Modern, high-efficiency mechanical and electrical systems will be installed in lieu of the old ones, saving the city money on energy expenditures while also providing the advanced digital infrastructure required by today’s local governments.

Key phases of the restoration have required the meticulous demolition of two modern towers and a 1960s office expansion to the side of the old property. Modern demolition techniques and equipment could not be employed because of the logistical challenges of the busy central position and the landlocked site, thus the two towers had to be painstakingly demolished with only hand-held equipment. In addition to restoring the original bank vaults in the basement and an early lift, historic interior features including glass lay lights, elaborate ceilings, beautiful plaster covings, and mosaic floor tiles will be preserved and repaired.

Externally, the Princess Buildings’ stone façade will be cleaned and repaired, sash windows restored and ISG will carefully remove roof slates to enable the installation of contemporary insulation to boost the thermal efficiency of the property. ISG will construct a three-story link structure in place of the demolished tower parts and a replacement three-story steel frame office addition with a similar Ashlar stone façade.

Danny Murray, ISG’s Northern regional managing director, said: “Our latest project for Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council highlights the broad spectrum of skills and expertise required for such a highly-complex and logistically challenging heritage building redevelopment.

“This is an ambitious scheme to reinvigorate an existing property asset that was performing poorly for the council and its staff, providing the opportunity to turn around the fortunes of this iconic building, preserving its historical integrity, whilst making it fit for purpose for modern local government requirements.”

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Last Updated on December 29, 2021

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