George Square - Halifax Future High Streets

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.

As part of this funding, we're making George Square and George Street more welcoming, safer and greener spaces for all to enjoy. We're creating a new public square destination where people can meet, socialise, and relax.

Current status

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

Plans

A more welcoming environment

We're removing the pay and display parking bays to make way for wider footpaths and new trees. This will allow businesses the option to provide outdoor seating for serving food and drinks.

A greener square

Already home to several cherry trees, we're making George Square greener by introducing new trees and areas for planting. This will improve the space, making it a more attractive place to relax and spend time.

A new event space 

We're removing the public toilets at George Square (next to the Grade II listed Lloyds Bank building), creating a space to host community events.  

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Artist impression of George Square with wider footpaths, trees, areas for plants and new event space.

Benefits

Economic growth 

We’re creating opportunities for Halifax's high street to grow and thrive. These improvements will enhance Halifax town centre and encourage more people to visit and explore this part of the town. 

Safety 

We're designing a safer space with less opportunities for anti-social behaviour. 

Culture

We're creating a new space to host a variety of small outdoor events.

Community

We're creating a place where people of all ages can come together to shop, socialise and spend time. 

Progress 

December 2023

Plans are progressing to transform George Square and George Street, with demolition notices in place for the public toilets at George Square. 

Funding

Approximate scheme value: £1.60M.