One of the UK’s most significant heritage projects, this grade I listed building has been conserved and transformed.
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.
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 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 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.
Central Library & 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 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.