The Orangebox is a project truly designed by and developed for young people. Over the last four years the views and contributions of over a thousand young people have shaped a project that will change the lives of young people in the area and significantly change a historic quarter of Halifax.
The project is a myplace funded partnership development led by Square Chapel, who received £3.8m from the Department of Education for the development of the building. In addition, we have now received a significant investment from the Esmee Fairbairn Trust towards revenue over the next three years.
Adjacent to the Piece Hall, the Orangebox will provide counselling and support services for young people alongside dance, drama, art and sport facilities; a recording studio; climbing tunnel; kitchen and cafe; roof garden and roof top skate park. The development of this site involves two adjoined buildings that are both council owned and currently house different services; one, a museum store, and the other, a workshop and store for the markets service. Together with Calderdale MBC we worked through the mechanics of an assets transfer and were delighted when this was approved in 2010. The Piece Hall itself has just been successful in a Heritage Lottery Fund bid for regeneration, which will have an extremely positive effect on our own developments and target market.
The Orangebox has been a partnership project and we have worked with experienced partners in the area (including Calderdale MBC and Voluntary Action Calderdale) to ensure the development is of the highest standard. Together we have acted as facilitators to help the young people of Calderdale realise their vision. We are committed to ensuring the centre is accessible by all 20,000 of Calderdale’s young people’s population – helping them to improve their lives and achieve their aspirations whether they want to record an album, improve their confidence or their health, or require support or advice in any area of their lives.
The Orangebox project is due for completion later this year.
- CHILDREN & FAMILIES
- WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES
- HALIFAX FESTIVAL