Watch: Piece Hall Chief executive outlines events for 2016

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The man charged with truning the Piece Hall into a world class destination has outlined his plans for 2016.

Sam Mason, formerly the commercial director of the Science Museum Group, has been installed as the first chief executive of The Piece Hall Trust, the organisation which is due to manage the Grade I building.

Mr Mason has set out his vision of what visitors could see in 2016.

“There will be mixture of bar and catering units, retail and offices.

“The idea on the catering, bar and retail units is that they will all be independent.

“We are still working towards opening in the summer. It might be we have some sneak preview events around June and July, aiming to get more of the Piece Hall opened by August/Spetember.

“Obviously with any Grade one listed old building there are always potential slips in timeline which is why we are not saying a specific, date yet but we are still on track for this summer which is very exciting.

“We are also looking to Christmas 2016 so we are talking with companies. We’d love to do the big ice rink, international Christmas markets so we are working on plans for that right now.”

Work is continuing to transform the courtyard into a beautiful and versatile space.

The ongoing works include the progressive removal of the stone cobbles, laying the infrastructure for the ground source heat pumps for the new Library and Archive and the installation of the new main drainage before the levelling and installation of the new granite surfaces.

The new surfaces will be better for wheelchair users, for parents with prams and push chairs, as well as safe for people of all ages to walk on. The design and choice of material is based on what the public wanted during discussions in 2011, followed up in 2013 with the Disability Partnership (Calderdale).