Makeover for former court building

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Work to revamp Brighouse’s former Magistrates Court is nearing completion.

For weeks the building, now owned by the Salvation Army, in King Street has been shrouded in scaffolding and tarpaulin but, work is now nearing completion.

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.

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

She said: “It will look as good as new.” Restoration work has included cleaning and repointing the Victorian stone work , replacing roof tiles and renovating the intricate facings and copulas.

Interior work is also nearing completion on the community hall where the Salvation Army runs its Wednesday and 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.”