Facelift planned for Army’s HQ

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THE former Magistrates Court building in Brighouse, now owned by the Salvation Army, is getting a major facelift.

For several weeks the building in King Street has been shrouded in scaffolding and tarpaulin but, as the work nears completion, the results of the facelift are being revealed.

Major Ann Radford, corps officer, said the external work would be finished by Christmas.

“It will look as good as new,” she said.

Restoration work has included cleaning and re-pointing the Victorian stone work , replacing roof tiles and renovating the intricate facings and copulas.

But it is not just outside that is being refurbished. Inside work is also nearing completion on the community hall where the Salvation Army runs its Wednesday and Saturday Saturday drop-in cafe. Redecoration of the main worship hall is also planned.

“While Clovemead Ltd is the main contractor, members of the local Salvation Army will be doing their part,” said Major Radford. “We will be working on some of the smaller rooms ourselves in time for a special service of rededication early next year.

“Meanwhile it is business as usual with special Christmas services going ahead as planned.”

The Salvation Army took over the former court building in 1994 after launching a £45,000 appeal to convert the premises for worship and community use.