The Piece Hall, Halifax
Transforming a rich heritage site into a cultural social hub
The Piece Hall has been a meeting point for Halifax’s commercial and cultural life for almost 250 years. The Hall was recently redeveloped through the national Heritage Lottery Fund, transforming the space into a vibrant area for business, learning and entertainment.
Securing lottery funding for the iconic building
Gleeds successfully secured £7m of the Heritage Lottery Fund from the National Lottery and was appointed to provide cost management on the redevelopment of the Grade I listed structure.
Dating from 1779, the Piece Hall is the sole survivor of the 18th century northern cloth halls, used as a trading place for hand woven textiles to the pre-industrial economy. It now stands as the only remaining building of its type and is one of the UK’s most iconic Georgian buildings.
The restoration project has insured that the building’s history will not be forgotten. Learning centres dedicated to the teachings of its previous usage have been established, allowing people to understand and enjoy the heritage of the Hall.
Modernising the historic space
Whilst the redevelopment was in keeping with the history of the Hall, it also included a modern twist. The courtyard has been transformed into an attractive and thriving space, which will host major events such as music concerts, theatre shows, markets and sporting events.
The surrounding area now contains offices, restaurants and retail space, aiming to attract local people and visitors from outside Yorkshire.
Did you know?
In 2018, the Piece Hall was nominated as a finalist in the heritage category of the National Lottery Awards.