Southfield, Halifax

The project is within the leafy Manor Heath area of Halifax near to Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Value: £3 million

Southfield Hall is set within the Savile Park Conservation area and was formerly a private residence until it was purchased by the local NHS Trust.

It was extended in the 1960’s providing thirteen studio style flats with shared amenities to meet increasing demand. The development was further extended in the 1970’s, with a block of four terrace houses being constructed to the rear of the site.

The availability of more modern staff accommodation becoming available resulted in the local Trust taking the decision to dispose of Southfield Hall and the site totalling approximately 0.36 Hectares.

Historically the Savile Park Conservation Area lies in the township of Skircoat which was part of the Manor of Wakefield. An Inquisition of 1276 found that William, 6th Earl of Warenne and Lord of the Manor of Wakefield, had appropriated all Skircoat into his forest between 1216 and 1240.

By the latter half of the 19th Century and due to the success of the textile industry, the Savile Park area became the desirable residential area of Halifax and remains popular with purchasers due to its proximity to leading educational centres, including the award winning Gleddings Preparatory School and Crossley Heath Grammar School.

The area is characterised by a concentration of large villa properties set in extensive grounds. These villas are generally built of local stone with fine detail in the local vernacular. It is also characterised through the stone wall boundaries which divide the buildings from the street emphasising the separation between public and private space.

Home Builders Torsion Homes has acquired the site to create an exclusive residential development. Successful planning has been awarded to demolish both the 1960’s annex and the 1970’s building. Torsion Homes will build ten new build town houses whilst sympathetically converting Southfield Hall into four generously spaced large family homes.

Torsion Homes (www.torsion-homes.co.uk) are construction specialists based in West Yorkshire with strong links to the Halifax area and in particular Savile Park and Skircoat Green.

Specialising in high specification residential developments Torsion Homes has realised the opportunity to create a premium development focusing on small numbers of high specification residential properties, allowing flexibility for the family to modify throughout the build process to meet their needs.

Dan Spencer, Managing Director at Torsion Homes comments “We are extremely excited at the prospect of a completely one-off development and are thoroughly embracing the opportunities a site such as Southfield Hall offers, allowing us to retain a characterful prominent building such as Southfield Hall with its stunning façade, whilst carrying over elements of the original design into the new build properties. Our focus is on creating a strong community feeling that will benefit from the extensive range of nearby local amenities including schools, parks, commuter links, independent retailers based in Skircoat Green along with the wider leisure and retail facilities available in Halifax Town Centre.”

Local specialists Walker Singleton Chartered Surveyors assisted Torsion Homes in acquiring the scheme. Ben Waites, Residential Partner at Walker Singleton commented “Southfield Hall offered a unique prospect to smaller niche developers giving the opportunity to create a unique development located within a highly sought after and affluent area of Halifax. We expected strong demand for the site, however, the owners felt it was important the development was sold to a local developer with the vision to combine the characteristics of Southfield Hall within the redevelopment of the rest of the site”.

Work started on site in late October 2016 and Charnock Bates will be acting on behalf of the Torsion Homes as sole selling agents. Completion of the development is due Summer 2017 and local demand is proving very strong.