Princess buildings

Halifax

About the project

Work has now started on the renovation of the beautiful, Grade II listed Princess Buildings in Halifax town centre. The work is taking place as part of the next phase of Calderdale Council’s scheme to reduce the number of buildings that staff work from – modernising and making better use of offices in Halifax town centre.

ISG is the main contractor entrusted with this task and has now started on site. Internal materials are now being removed, and demolition and construction work is now taking place. The project is due to be completed by spring 2016. 

As part of the refurbishment, the building is to be modernised and made more energy efficient. It will have an increased capacity, but will retain the many historic architectural features and quirks of this Grade II listed building. The beautiful exterior of the building will be complemented by a completely redesigned interior and a modern extension to the rear is to be built to allow easy access through and around the building.


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More than just a building project for ISG

“Clearly this was more than just a building project for ISG. It was a great team and we all got on very well through the highs and the lows. In terms of expectations, we are thrilled with what we have ended up with.”

The Passage CEO, Mick Clarke

The building’s new bright and airy spaces, modern kitchen, flexible conference facilities, new bed sits and NHS treatment rooms are a far-cry from The Passage of old.

The three original buildings on Carlisle Place, which make up The Passage, were built in the mid-1800s, and the buildings have always catered for the poor and the destitute in the community.

The buildings functioned as both a school and an orphanage before The Passage took over in 1980, becoming the UK’s largest voluntary sector homeless resource centre.

“We had a building which was falling apart and wasn’t particularly welcoming,” said Mick. “So the opportunity to refurbish inside and out was an opportunity we were thrilled to seize.”

"This job has been challenging..."

ISG engaged in a huge design and build project, which would radically alter the internal structure and layout of the building. All floor levels across the three buildings were brought into alignment, which meant removing and installing new floor slabs and structural steel beams. The iconic façade was completely redecorated, while stained glass was moved from a former on-site chapel and installed into a brand new double-height reception area. ISG also installed new staircases, lifts, shower blocks and bathroom facilities, training centres and IT rooms, a library, a specially-designed two storey ‘winter garden’ with a glazed roof and a brand new roof terrace.

ISG project manager, Mark Kermack, said the project was challenging due to complex logistical issues, neighbourhood relations, and a phased handover that involved creating temporary office space for The Passage staff, who continued to work throughout the refurbishment process.

“This job has been challenging in lots of ways. But it’s a quality product the client is delighted with. It ticks all the boxes in terms of why people would want to employ ISG.”
Mark Kermack, ISG project manager

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Our site offices are based across the road from the Princess Buildings at 1-3 Wesley Court.

Please contact us via email if you have any comments or wish to discuss the project:
Ian Armitage, Project Manager: ian.armitage@isgplc.com

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About the project

Work has now started on the renovation of the beautiful, Grade II listed Princess Buildings in Halifax town centre. The work is taking place as part of the next phase of Calderdale Council’s scheme to reduce the number of buildings that staff work from – modernising and making better use of offices in Halifax town centre.

ISG is the main contractor entrusted with this task and has now started on site. Internal materials are now being removed, and demolition and construction work is now taking place. The project is due to be completed by spring 2016. 

As part of the refurbishment, the building is to be modernised and made more energy efficient. It will have an increased capacity, but will retain the many historic architectural features and quirks of this Grade II listed building. The beautiful exterior of the building will be complemented by a completely redesigned interior and a modern extension to the rear is to be built to allow easy access through and around the building.


The works

The works package is designed to provide 339 work stations which is an increase from around 230.

To achieve this we will level off the ground floor areas internally around the current central shop unit fronting Crossley Street to facilitate access to the new extension. Internal remodelling will also be carried out with existing features retained including ornate ceilings, covings and vaults which will be sensitively repaired and decorated as required.

The rear extension requires the demolition of two stone towers within the Star Yard and the construction of a new link block between the Princess Street and Northgate elevations. We will redevelop the current annex to provide improved access and accommodation in a style which will complement the historic buildings. Externally the facade will be cleaned and restored in line with English Heritage guidelines and the roof reconstructed to improve the building’s thermal performance.

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Getting involved

We are keen to maximise the benefits to the local area during our time on site and plan to engage the labour force and community on this project as much as possible. 

  • Local project labour
    A sizeable percentage of the materials and workforce required to deliver this scheme will be procured locally, either directly or via sub-contractors
  • Learning opportunities
    We have committed to creating a number of apprenticeships and training opportunities on this project
  • Charity and community support
    We aim to support the local communities we work in to leave a lasting legacy of our time spent in the community. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any ideas you may have  

Working with

ISG is delivering the Princess Buildings redevelopment in partnership with:

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Get in touch

Our site offices are based across the road from the Princess Buildings at 1-3 Wesley Court and you contact us via email if you have any comments or wish to discuss the project:

Ian Armitage, Project Manager: ian.armitage@isgplc.com