Unveiling the new Birchcliffe Centre renovation

Tony Hodgins, Judith Schofield and Frank Woolrych
Tony Hodgins, Judith Schofield and Frank Woolrych

The 120-year-old Birchcliffe Centre has been given a new lease of life following a restoration of original stained glass windows and doors.

The updates to the centre in Hebden Bridge were unveiled at a grand launch last month which included the opening of the new windows and the ground source heat pump, which is an environmentally friendly system.

The former Baptist chapel, which houses office, workshop and event space, has completed a successful refurbishment, installing renewable energy and replacing vandalised, boarded-up windows with beautifully restored Victorian stained glass.

Tony Hodgins, the Hebden Royd town mayor, Judith Schofield and Frank Woolrych, the chair and vice-chair of Pennine Heritage, attended the launch.

Judith Schofield, chair of the trustees of Pennine Heritage, said: “It really feels as though the new technology has helped to renew the old building, improving its heritage value and creating a warm, comfortable space. The restored stained glass adds to its beauty.”

The three stained glass windows and two doors were restored by Karl Percival, based at Northlight Studios in Hebden Bridge, whose specialist works includes both restoration and original glass designs.

The work was made possible by a grant from Hebden Royd Town Council and generous donations from Clive and Samantha Miers, who married at the centre earlier this year and asked their guests to contribute instead of buying wedding presents.

Judith said: “We are all delighted with the outcome, making our building fit for the 21st century. We would like to thank our own tenants and residents for their patience and understanding during the restoration.”