The Project

The Project


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, The Piece Hall has been reimagined as a new cultural and commercial centre.

The Piece Hall has recently undergone a £19 million conservation and transformation programme. The work was 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. The Piece Hall is now operated by an independent body, the newly formed charity The Piece Hall Trust.

Since re-opening on 1 August 2017, The Piece Hall has been nominated for and received awards for many different aspects of the project:

  • Alongside the Central Library and Archives, The Piece Hall scooped RIBA Yorkshire Award 2018, RIBA Yorkshire Project Architect of the Year Award 2018, RIBA Yorkshire Conservation Award 2018 and RIBA Yorkshire Building of the Year Award 2018. 
  • Alongside the Central Library and Archives, The Piece Hall scooped both Regeneration and Yorkshire Project of the Year at the recent Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyers Awards 2018. We have now been entered into the national RICS awards to compete to be the overall category winner at the Grand Final in London in November. 
  • The Piece Hall won Best Commercial Restoration Project at this year's LABC Building Excellence Awards. 
  • Claire Slattery, Arts & Heritage Manager for Calderdale Council, was the joint winner of the Best Rescue of a Heritage Building at the Historic England Heritage Angels Awards for her work on The Piece Hall. The Piece Hall was also named the first ever Overall UK Winner!
  • The Piece Hall shone bright, winning Community and Public Realm Project of the Year in the internationally prestigious Lighting Design Awards 2018
  • In November last year the British Guild of Travel Writers highly commended The Piece Hall in their Best UK and Ireland Tourism Project 2017.
  • On Thursday 10 May, Halifax Civic Trust honoured The Piece Hall transformation project with a Heritage Green Plaque, after being impressed with the building's transformation into a modern venue with improved access, new heritage spaces and stunning courtyard. 
  • The Piece Hall was included in the top ten Industry, Trade & Commerce places that help tell A History of England in 100 Places. 
Construction team laying the granite steps in the central courtyard
Stonemasons worked to conserve the stone and replaced sections where needed
The development is one of the most significant and high profile heritage projects to have happened in the UK

Extensive works were undertaken to sensitively and expertly conserve the Grade I listed building. The project also included 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.

The Piece Hall is a unique and special place that demands a high quality and expert finish. While work on the project moved forward, as might be expected with the age and complexity of such a building, there were challenges along the way. The works were completed in July 2017, with the building fully reopened in the August with shops, cafes and events. 



The works to The Piece Hall are not the only project that has happened 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, has been 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 ARTS CENTRE The beautiful Grade II* listed Square Chapel predates The Piece Hall by seven years. Built in 1772, it's had a significant transformation as a stunning new extension has been built on adjacent land, connecting that Georgian building to a shared foyer space in The Piece Hall. The new extension includes a new café/bar, studio space, a cinema, new dressing rooms and improved access and facilities for all.
CALDERDALE INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM The Calderdale Industrial Museum is next door to The Piece Hall. Witness the rise of the industrial revolution in the Calder Valley - the museum houses 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.
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. There is a direct link to Orangebox with our shared Heritage and Learning spaces located within The Piece Hall.
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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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