Sketch of proposal for new glazed canopy for the Albion Street frontage of Halifax Borough Market

Key details

The Government’s Future High Streets Fund aims to renew and reshape town centres in a way that drives growth, improves experience, and ensures future sustainability.

The plan for Halifax town centre includes connected proposals designed to improve access for visitors, create more welcoming spaces, and make sure Halifax remains a great place for people to connect with each other. 

Funding for this project was secured from the Future High Streets Fund in May 2021.

Current status

Concept (In Progress)
Development (Pending)
Construction (Pending)
Evaluation (Pending)

Plans

The strategy for this project focuses on the idea of ‘Connecting Halifax’: making physical changes to better connect different parts of the town and creating the preconditions for the local community to connect with each other. It builds on other proposals to create opportunities for interaction across all ages by creating enhanced public facilities, new public spaces, and places for play. 

These proposals work alongside Halifax’s existing retail and cultural assets to diversify the town centre’s offer and bring more residents within walking distance of town centre attractions.

The Halifax Future High Streets Fund project includes proposals for:

  • Improved pedestrian routes, with art installations and easier access between the top and bottom parts of the town centre. 
  • Creating a welcoming, greener space for local people and visitors to spend time in the George Street area. 
  • Refurbishments and modernisations to two key historic buildings in the town centre; the Borough Market and the Victoria Theatre.
  • Changing alleyways in to vibrant and attractive places; including the creation of a playful, green link, transforming Old Cock Yard in to a lively area with colour, art and decorative lighting.
  • Bringing derelict land and buildings next to Westgate arcade back into use to provide high-quality space for local businesses. 

Benefits

Realising the potential

This project aims to upgrade and reinvent a number of Halifax’s already quite startling assets.

Diversifying the town

This project aims to support variety and flexibility for future developments in the town centre.

Piece-ing it all together

The plans aim to connect assets already in the town with new spaces, linking key destinations, and encourage people to move around on foot.

 

Progress

May 2021

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government confirm funding for this project, and the Elland Future High Streets Fund project.

Read the announcement: More high streets set for funding boost as reopening accelerates

Funding

Approximate scheme value: £11.76M.

Sketch of proposal to amend layout of Halifax Borough Market
Proposal for changes to Cheapside with feature lighting
Proposal for changes to George Square
Plan showing proposals for Westgate, to include refurbishment of Horton House, new units and a public plaza
3D visualisation of the Westgate proposal