The Piece Hall Transformation

Piecing together Halifax's past, present and future

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Project Overview

Client Calderdale Council
Expertise Building
Sector Heritage
Timeline October 2014 - August 2017
Location England - North
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Project summary

Humble in origin, with its roots as a trading post for ‘pieces’ of cloth tracing back to 1779, The Piece Hall has been ambitiously reinvented as a vibrant cultural and commercial hotbed for the town of Halifax. Fittingly opened on August 1st 2017 to coincide with Yorkshire Day, the multi-million pound transformation of this stunning Grade I listed building, and its surrounds, augmented by the construction of a new Central Library, represents one of our most prestigious conservation projects.

The detail

The age of The Piece Hall, and the complexity of the work requirements, such as the replacement of the large columns on the Arcade level, presented challenges throughout the 34-month programme. Accordingly, experts such as Conservation Consultant, Dawson Stelfox were sourced and utilised. The Piece Hall’s constrained location within Halifax Town Centre, and its proximity to live operational commercial premises, facilitated the appointment of a local Community Liaison Officer to coordinate engagement. Furthermore, the commissioning of a bat survey identified three roosts of species. As all bats and their breeding sites are legally protected, a license from Natural England had to be granted before work could continue.

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"I was blown away when I saw it, it's absolutely fantastic. I feel Halifax lost all this when Piece Hall shut now we've got it back and we've got it back 10 times better"

Hannah Cockroft Halifax-born British wheelchair racer and Paralympian, who rang the bell to mark the start of trading on Yorkshire Day 2017