New look Piece Hall takes shape

Halifax Courier - - Front Page - By Ian Hirst Re­porter news­desk@hal­i­fax­

The multi-mil­lion pound trans­for­ma­tion of the his­toric Hal­i­fax Piece Hall is mak­ing rapid progress.

The first stages of the mul­ti­mil­lion pound devel­op­ment of the Piece Hall that will trans­form the 236-year-old build­ing are gath­er­ing pace. The Trans­for­ma­tion Project works are funded by Calderdale Coun­cil and has re­ceived a ma­jor award from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund to sup­port the con­ser­va­tion pro­gramme and the pro­vi­sion of her­itage in­ter­pre­ta­tion, learn­ing and vol­un­teer­ing from 2016.

Con­trac­tors Gra­ham Con­struc­tion is mak­ing progress on the trans­for­ma­tion works us­ing her­itage stone­ma­sons to de­liver the com­pre­hen­sive pro­gramme of con­ser­va­tion re­pairs to the his­toric fab­ric of the build­ing.

Other work is fo­cussing on pre­par­ing the site for in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments and ma­jor work on the court­yard.

Coun­cil­lor Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Coun­cil, said: “There con­tin­ues to be great progress with con- struc­tion work hap­pen­ing in­side and out­side the Piece Hall.

“We are also grate­ful to the Garfield We­ston Foun­da­tion and the Wolf­son Trust for ad­di­tional gen­er­ous sup­port to help re­alise our am­bi­tions for the Piece Hall.”

The £20m 72-week devel­op­ment of the his­toric build­ing started on Oc­to­ber 27, 2014, and is set to be com­pleted in 2016.

Gary Hughes, GRA­HAM Con­struc­tion re­gional direc­tor, said: “We are pleased to say we are mak­ing ex­cel­lent progress with the re­fur­bish- ment as well as the con­struc­tion of the new li­brary and cen­tral ar­chive.

“Our strong part­ner­ship with Calderdale Coun­cil and our sup­ply chain has en­sured that the work is on sched­ule and that the lo­cal com­mu­nity is be­ing kept fully in­formed along the way.”

There con­tin­ues to be great progress with con­struc­tion

Brian Stephen­son, site manager at the Piece Hall devel­op­ment

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