REOPENING YORKSHIRE DAY, TUE 1 AUG 2017

The Project

The Project

ONE OF THE UK’S MOST SIGNIFICANT HERITAGE PROJECTS, CONSERVING AND TRANSFORMING A GRADE I LISTED STRUCTURE

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.

On-going work to lay the granite steps in the central courtyard
Stonemasons have worked to conserve the stone and replaced sections where needed
The development is one of the most significant and high profile heritage projects currently happening in the UK

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.

AT A GLANCE

The Piece Hall will be fully reopened in 2017:

  • One of the most significant heritage projects happening in the UK
  • Supported by Calderdale Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation and The Wolfson Foundation
  • Will include shops, cafés, bars, office space, restaurants, conference facilities, meeting rooms and a landscaped courtyard

CREATING A NEW CULTURAL QUARTER FOR THE TOWN

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.

CENTRAL LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE A new £9.5 million Central Library and Archive, wholly funded by Calderdale Council, is being built adjacent to The Piece Hall – with the construction incorporating the Grade II listed Square Church spire to awe-inspiring effect. The works include the addition of a fourth gateway to The Piece Hall’s east wall, creating a link to the new neighbours as well as an improved pedestrian route from Halifax Railway Station into the space.
SQUARE CHAPEL CENTRE FOR THE ARTS The beautiful Grade II* listed Square Chapel predates The Piece Hall by nine years. Built in 1772, it is now set for a significant transformation as a stunning new extension is built on adjacent land, connecting that Georgian building to a shared foyer space in The Piece Hall. The new extension will include a new café/bar, studio space, a cinema, new dressing rooms and improved access and facilities for all.
ORANGEBOX Orangebox is a state-of-the-art centre for young people with facilities including a roof top skate park, rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, performance spaces, bouldering tunnel (harness-free climbing) and a dedicated art room. The newly developed space is complete and open with activities for young people happening every day. Once The Piece Hall reopens, there will be direct links to Orangebox with shared Heritage and Learning spaces located within.
CALDERDALE INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM The Calderdale Industrial Museum is next door to The Piece Hall. It is set to reopen later in 2017 after it undergoes its own repair and renovation programme. Witness the rise of the industrial revolution in the Calder Valley - once reopened, the museum will house a number of working machines that take you beyond the days of The Piece Hall into a future dominated by mill and machine. A fascinating journey from our industrial past to the present day.
Supported by
The Piece Hall heritage regeneration project is also supported by Garfield Weston Foundation and The Wolfson Foundation.
The Piece Hall is independently managed by The Piece Hall Trust, a registered charity, number 1156948. Registered in England and Wales, number 08906735.
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