The Piece Hall’s new copper extension

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A drawing has been published showing how the new copper clad extension to Halifax Piece Hall will look beside the Square Chapel Spire.

It will provide space for two restaurants and conference/meeting rooms which will help make the historic building more economically viable.

Calderdale Council’s planning committee has given permission for the £19 million scheme which involves totally restoring the Piece Hall and paving the central square to create an Italianate-style piazza. The Heritage Lottery Fund has provided a £7 million grant.

There will be a new visitor and heritage interpretation centre, improvements to the shops and five new lifts.

Calderdale Council leader, Tim Swift, said:“The changes to the courtyard and the new building can proceed as planned, giving the building a viable future.”

Work on the Piece Hall is expected to start in late 2013 and be completed in early 2015, when it will be transferred to a historic buildings trust.

The Piece Hall Trust is being created as part of the transformation project, with Wayne Bowser, a former director of HSBC, appointed as its first chairman.

“His experience and commercial knowledge will help drive future success,” said Coun Swift.