Calderdale’s most iconic building will finally get the grand makeover it has deserved for so many years after the Heritage Lottery Fund approved the Council’s £7m bid.
The Piece Hall is now set for a grand face-lift with the central courtyard being levelled out and renovation of all the units.
Floors will be separated by use with the ground floor home to cafes and restaurants; retail space on the first floor and state-of-the-art office units on the top floor.
Calderdale Council’s Director of Communities, Robin Tuddenham, said: “We have worked extremely hard over the last two years to put together a strong bid and it’s great to see that work rewarded.
“The love for the Piece Hall and its potential for the future shone through the bid. We are over the moon and really excited to progress the scheme and deliver a new heritage attraction everyone can be proud of.”
Fiona Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for Yorkshire and Humber, said: “The Piece Hall’s courtyard has huge potential as an open civic space and popular tourist destination.
“We’re very pleased to have awarded £7m to help create a vibrant piazza which will retain the integrity of the 18th century architecture and celebrate its role in West Yorkshire history.
“This project is a good example of the role that heritage can play in bringing people together and creating the perfect site for learning and recreation.”
The council team leading the project said they want to turn the building into “a world class heritage destination in the heart of the North of England”.
Calderdale Council’s Deputy Leader Janet Battye, said: “The HLF decision confirms that all our hard work has been well worth it.
“As custodians of this beautiful and unique building, we want to make sure it can be enjoyed by generations to come. This project will go a long way to ensuring that happens.”
The whole project is expected to cost £19million and will require significant investment from the council and other sources.
As much as £7 million could come from taxpayers’ pockets with £4.8 million coming from prudential borrowing.
Council officers hope to offset £3 million of taxpayers’ contribution with £1.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the same amount again in private fundraising.
The development will be phased in two parts meaning the Piece Hall can remain open and businesses can continue trading.
Key appointments will be made over the next few months before work gets started with a proposed completion date of early 2015.