Since 1779, The Piece Hall has stood proudly at the heart of Halifax. Originally built to support the trading of ‘pieces’ of cloth, it has been a meeting point of Halifax’s commercial, civic and cultural life for almost 250 years. In an ambitious and exciting new chapter, it is to be reimagined as a new cultural and commercial centre.
The Piece Hall is currently undergoing a £19 million conservation and transformation programme. The work is being carried out by Graham Construction with funding from Calderdale Council and a significant investment of £7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional support from Garfield Weston Foundation and The Wolfson Foundation. On reopening, The Piece Hall will be operated by an independent body, the newly formed charity The Piece Hall Trust.
There are extensive works being undertaken to sensitively and expertly conserve the Grade I listed building. The project also includes new elements in the creation of a heritage and learning visitor attraction with high quality interpretation and learning spaces, a new extension to the east wall to include restaurants and conferencing facilities, and a redesigned accessible courtyard that will house events and festivals in a year round programme creating a twenty-first century town square.
The Piece Hall is a unique and special place that demands a high quality and expert finish. While work on the project has moved forward, as might be expected with the age and complexity of such a building, there have been challenges along the way. The works are expected to be completed in 2017, with the building fully reopened with shops and events all ready later that year.
The Piece Hall will be fully reopened in 2017:
The works to The Piece Hall are not the only project happening in this part of Halifax. Over £40million of investment is currently taking place in various construction projects which will transform The Piece Hall Quarter of the town into a new cultural quarter for the residents of Halifax and Calderdale and for visitors from further afield.