Local firm land Piece Hall job

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Roofing experts Ploughcroft has secured a new contract to work on the redevelopment of the Piece Hall.

The building is undergoing regeneration work but due to its protected status as a Grade-I listed building, a heritage roofing expert was required.

Over the next few months, Ploughcroft will work to restore the roof of Piece Hall to its original glory and bring it into the twenty first century in time for its scheduled reopening in Spring 2016.

There are over 10,000 stone slates which need checking for soundness and weatherproofing qualities, and the project will see this historic building transformed as a three-storey extension is added to adjoin the Square Church spire site and Square Chapel.

Chris Hopkins, managing director at Ploughcroft, said: “We are proud to play a part in helping maintain a building that has such an interesting local history, and the project was the opportunity to combine our two passions; heritage work, and eco roofing.”

The company has recently taken on four new apprentices and thanks to the new contract that will last over 12 months, loughcroft have offered an extra apprenticeship scheme in heritage slating and lead work.

Oliver Stock, 20, from Brighouse, a newly hired apprentice, said: “I’ve been working at Ploughcroft as an apprentice for six months and am loving learning about the trade. Hearing that we will be working on such a well-known local landmark is exciting and I’m looking forward to it.”