Princess Buildings Redevelopment for Calderdale Council


Work has started on the renovation of the Grade II listed Princess Buildings in Halifax town centre. The Princess Buildings, built in the 19th century, used to house a bank and are being turned into open plan office accommodation for council staff. The scheme forms part of the Council’s plans to reduce its property estate, modernise and drive long-term efficiencies through smarter working practices.

The redevelopment will mainly include the removal of two modern towers and a 1960s office extension and the renovation and repair of historic internal and external features. Main Contractor, ISG, is working in partnership with English heritage to protect and conserve the architecturally listed features of the historic buildings such as glass lay lights and mosaic floor tiles.

The new build elements include a replacement three-storey steel frame office extension where Pekso Precast have worked in conjunction with the project engineers, Arup, to design and supply their precast concrete lattice plate flooring.  The lattice plate flooring has been used over two floors with the soffit of the slabs being left exposed due to its high quality finish. The innovative ‘Pekso-edge’ shuttering system was also used on the project. Pekso-edge is cast into the outside edge of the lattice plate flooring providing a robust and high quality edge detail removing the need for temporary shuttering to be erected prior to the final insitu concrete pour.

In place of the demolished tower elements, ISG will construct a three-storey link building.

The project is due to be completed by spring 2016.