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Halifax government buildings to be converted into assisted living apartments

Halifax County Court is to be converted into 16 assisted living apartments for those with learning disabilities.

The building will be converted into assisted living accommodation after being purchased from Homes England by Highstone Housing Association. Homes England took ownership of the building from the Ministry of Justice and will provide funding through their affordable homes scheme.

In addition to converting the existing 19th-century court building, Highstone will add a new mezzanine floor in the roof space to create the apartments and a sleeping room for support workers. It’s anticipated that work on the new apartments will be completed by Spring 2020.

Director of Highstone Housing Association Joanne Hawley said: “We are delighted to have acquired this iconic building in the centre of Halifax; an ideal location. Our aim is to provide bespoke accommodation of the highest quality, whilst maintaining the distinctive character of the county court.”

“Highstone’s vision for the development sees the existing building revitalised to provide lifetime homes for its 16 tenants and a pleasant working environment for the support team.”

Homes England aims to create housing that supports local needs and is affordable to residents. The location of the building will provide easy access to Halifax city centre and the designs aim to retain the character of the original building.

The accommodation will provide a living space for support workers as well as residents and will be designed to accommodate the needs of each tenant. The project is part of a wider Homes England scheme, developing public buildings into affordable housing for first time buyers and people with unique needs.

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