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We want Piece Hall to be a national attraction

Barry Reynolds, project director for the Piece Hall transformation project, and Wayne Bowser, chair of the board of trustees for the Piece Hall Trust.

Barry Reynolds, project director for the Piece Hall transformation project, and Wayne Bowser, chair of the board of trustees for the Piece Hall Trust.

The men tasked with taking the Piece Hall into the future have spoken of their pride and the privilege of being involved with the historic building.

Barry Reynolds and Wayne Bowser will head up the £19 million redevelopment which is due for completion in 2015.

“I feel very privileged to have the role I have in the future of the Piece Hall,” said former banker Wayne Bowser, 60, who has been appointed chair of the board of trustees of the Piece Hall Trust.

He and the other trustees will manage the future of the Piece hall once refurbishment is finished.

In the meantime Barry Reynolds, 43, from Halifax, will lead the redevelopment on a day to day basis in his role as project director.

“I have worked on a number of projects in the public sector over the last eight years with a particular interest in refurbishing listed buildings,” he said.

“Our vision is consistent we want to deliver a national heritage attraction.”

Mr Bowser, who lives near Sheffield, and sits on a number of boards including Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said: “It’s not just about the Piece Hall - there’s Square Chapel, the Orangebox, Halifax Minster, the new library and Eureka! all in that quarter of Halifax.”

Mr Reynolds said: “We want to work in partnership with other venues in that area to make Calderdale a national attraction.

“I see the council as the guardian of the Piece Hall.”

 

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