Town on verge of becoming ‘world class’ cultural centre

HALIFAX is a “step closer to being a world class cultural destination”, according to council leaders, as work starts on a new library and the redevelopment of the Piece Hall.

Councillor Marcus Thompson, cabinet member for communities, Fiona Spiers, of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Michael Graham, of Graham Construction, at the Piece Hall, Halifax.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson
Councillor Marcus Thompson, cabinet member for communities, Fiona Spiers, of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Michael Graham, of Graham Construction, at the Piece Hall, Halifax. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Graham Construction was named yesterday as the winner of a tendering process on the day that work began on the site.

The revamped Piece Hall and a new library are due to open in Spring 2016.

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Graham, which has bases across the UK, has a track record on working on sensitive building projects including the renovation of Barnsley Town Hall to house a museum.

Calderdale Council leader Stephen Baines said: “With such a strong track record, I’m confident that the company will create outstanding facilities that everyone can be proud of, taking great care to respect the site’s magnificent heritage.”

Gary Hughes, of Graham Construction, said: “The Piece Hall is a historic and much-loved building which is part of the fabric of Halifax. The refurbishment will therefore be extremely sensitive to its heritage.”

The new-look Piece Hall will include an interpretation centre and redesigned courtyard.