The Orangebox Young People's Centre
The Square Chapel Trust
Young people in Halifax also have reason to celebrate, with a grant of £3,826,972 for The Square Chapel Trust's Orangebox Young People's Centre, which will be located next to the 18th century Grade 1 listed Piece Hall. The building design will embrace sustainable technologies, and be open late into the evenings seven days a week.
The new hub will comprise a performance and visual arts space, a studio for drama and dance, music rehearsal rooms, IT suite and roof garden with a vegetable growing area and rooftop skate park. A varied programme of activities will be on offer, as well as support on issues from bullying to mental health and general counselling.
Director Sally Martin said: "This is a fantastic boost for Halifax, and for the young people of Calderdale who have worked so hard with us on the idea and design of the Orangebox building and on making sure it offers a really world-class facility and programme. We are also grateful to our partners, who will help make the Orangebox Young People's Centre one of the key components in the re-generation of the Piece Hall area of the town centre, ensuring that young people have an important voice in the future of their town."
This youth-led project will have two sites that will target disengaged young people. The main centre will offer a performance space, recording studio, IT suite, enterprise start-up units, a roof garden and a rooftop skate park. The second centre will offer climbing wall, skating, boxing, aerobics, football and a running track. Advice on housing, health, violence, crime and careers will be offered. Opening hours will be six days a week 7am - 11pm and 10amto 11pm on Sundays.