2017 is set to see one of the most extraordinary buildings in Britain reopen after a £19million restoration. The Piece Hall in Halifax is a unique Grade I listed building dating back to 1779, originally built to support the trading of ‘pieces’ of cloth.
Set to be fully reopened in 2017, the stunning Georgian Hall will reveal an impressive collection of independent shops, cafés and bars, a heritage centre and art gallery, and creative and specialist businesses.
Home to one of Europe’s great public squares, a year round events programme will attract visitors from far and wide for events that can welcome up to 7,500 people.
There will be nowhere like it in the world. The monumental Grade I listed structure is the only surviving intact cloth hall in the UK and an iconic symbol of the important role played by Georgian Halifax at the booming centre of the world’s woollen trade.
The transformation of The Piece Hall is central to the renaissance of the whole town. When it opens for business, it will once again draw people from far and wide to experience the creative bustle of modern life in one of the most striking piazzas in Europe.
The Piece Hall will be transformed into a 21st Century town square for everyone to enjoy. A special place to be, the princely architectural gem in the heart of the town will be a magnetic destination: a place where people will meet and all paths will cross for work, pleasure, business, leisure, arts and entertainment. The immense, open air square will be enclosed by a mix of independent bars, restaurants, shops, cafes and creative businesses. The stories of Georgian Halifax will be told in specially created exhibition spaces with an art gallery hosting visual arts.
Whilst Yorkshire’s international reputation as a compelling destination takes hold, The Piece Hall is preparing for its most exciting chapter in decades.
Creating a vibrant cultural quarter for a new generation, The Piece Hall restoration programme is led by Calderdale Council and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation and The Wolfson Foundation. On completion, The Piece Hall Trust is an independent body who will be responsible for managing the space and realising this next chapter.