A “milestone” in the history of Halifax is being heralded as major work will begin later this year on a prominent landmark in the town.
The Piece Hall will close on January 17 so that work can start on an £18.9m makeover of the Grade I listed building.
Calderdale Council’s Leader Councillor Tim Swift said: “This is a real milestone in the history of Halifax. The transformed Piece Hall will be an iconic attraction, and a world class heritage destination.
“This is your last chance to visit the building before work begins.
“We’re heading into an exciting new chapter for the Piece Hall, and I’m really looking forward to seeing it reopen in spring 2016, with its state-of-the-art interpretation and learning centre, shops and businesses and beautiful courtyard.”
The building will be restored and revitalised, creating a 21st century heritage visitor and business location, with the addition of an interpretation and learning centre, a new east extension and a re-designed courtyard.
Although some shops have already closed or relocated, a number are still trading and open for business.
The £18.9m Piece Hall project will include extensive conservation work.