Town Hall project nears completion
A MAJOR scheme to transform former council offices into the beating heart of creativity in Hebden Bridge is almost ready to be unveiled.
Invited guests will attend an open day on Saturday week in which the £4 million Hebden Bridge Town Hall, which has so far been under wraps, will be on show for the first time.
Most of the ground floor space that members of the public and community groups will be able to use will be ready for the grand opening, which takes place on the morning of the Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade. And although admission will be limited to invited guests, there will be numerous events held over the summer to allow community groups and other users to view the space and how it will be used.
First and second-floor office space is also nearing completion but businesses will not move into their rooms until next month.
A loan from the Community Builders fund coupled with a £1.2m grant from the European Regional Development Fund will provide space within the 30 new offices to house small “creative and digital” businesses such as website designers, TV screenwriters and even a cartoonist.
It will also provide the town with a new building, the Waterfront Hall, offering a 200-seater venue for weddings and civil ceremonies.
Community groups will be able to use part of the extended building and a catering franchise will offer locally sourced food for every occasion - from day-time snacks to larger events such as weddings and conferences.
Business support and development officer for the Hebden Bridge Creative Quarter, Amy Leader, is still keen to hear from entrepreneurs who are interested in office space or business guidance. Ms Leader, who set up her own haberdashery shop Ribbon Circus in Hebden Bridge in 2008, said businesspeople will be given every support.
“My focus is to help them to set up with as few barriers as possible,” she said.
Anyone who would like to discuss taking office space within the development can contact Ms Leader at the town hall: 01422 845261.
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