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Site visit to The Piece Hall, Halifax

20 Jun 2018 - The Piece Hall, Halifax

We are delighted to offer IED members the opportunity to visit one of the UK's most significant UK heritage regeneration projects.

Taking place on the 20th June, this is a unique opportunity to experience a walking tour of the Piece Hall in Halifax, along with adjacent venues of the Central Library and the Square Chapel Arts Centre which together have provided a transformative cultural gateway into Halifax. There is more information about this project below.

The tour will be given by Nick Taylor, Commerical Lead at the Piece Hall and Calderdale Council Chief Executive, Robin Tuddenham, will be present for the day also.

As well as having the opportunity to hear first hand how this project got off the ground and reasons for its success to date, the event will provide an ideal opportunity for IED members to informally network - something that our members tell us they want more of!

The format of the event will be as follows:

10am arrival and registration
10.30 - 12pm Walking Tour
12-1pm Lunch and informal networking in The Piece Hall

This event will be free to attend. Places will be limited and provided on a first come, first serve basis.

To register your interest, please email us at admin@ied.co.uk in the first instance and we will be in touch with you.

The Piece Hall 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.

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.

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.

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