Work to transform the historic Piece Hall into a thriving visitor attraction has been given a major funding boost.
The Piece Hall Trust has announced that the Garfield Weston Foundation has made a significant contribution of £250,000 towards the project.
The award will support the conservation of the Georgian Piece Hall in Halifax and the engagement of people in its history at the centre of the community.
Garfield Weston’s investment complements the major award received from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2012.
The project will include major improvements to visitor facilities, including modern granite seating, level access across the courtyard, customer lifts, enhanced lighting and a central space for heritage events, markets and activities.
Wayne Bowser, chair of the Piece Hall Trust, said: “We are very grateful to the Garfield Weston Foundation for this wonderful grant, and we thank them for supporting such an important heritage scheme in the north of England.
“We believe that the Piece Hall from 2016 will bring the history of the building and the area to life for many more people and will further enhance this historically significant town. The grant will go towards making the Piece Hall and Halifax essential tourist destinations for 2016 and beyond.”