The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) has opened its innovative offices in the historic water tower alongside Huddersfield station.
The building has already won recognition for the conversion and renovation of the Grade 1 listed water tower from the National Railway Heritage Awards and Huddersfield Civic Society and is part of a larger scheme funded through the European Interreg IVb programme.
This scheme – CAP’EM – aimed to investigate and promote wider use of environmentally-sound building materials, the water tower being a demonstration of how to renovate a listed building whilst using modern, energy saving technology, methods and materials. Funding for the external renovation was provided by the Railway Heritage Trust, with ACoRP making up the balance.
The building, owned by Network Rail, has been leased to ACoRP at a peppercorn rent through First TransPennine Express, using ACoRP’s innovative tri-partite lease.
The water tower now acts as office headquarters for ACoRP and although retaining its external appearance and a number of historic internal features, has an array of hi-tech equipment, including air-source heat pumps and photo-voltaic cells located within the water tank itself, an air-exchange system that removes the need for air conditioning and a self-regulating lighting system that automatically switches on and off according to need.