As a trustee of The Piece Hall Trust since its inception I am all too aware of the challenges and obstacles that were overcome in order to deliver the magnificently conserved and regenerated Piece Hall.
I was thrilled when the project swept the board with prizes at the Historic England Angel Awards ceremony in London. Well done to Calderdale Council and the trust’s own staff.
This project would never have been delivered without the vision, leadership and determination of council leader Councillor Tim Swift. Despite a hard-pressed budget the council always found the money to keep this project on track and Tim always maintained cross-party support for the venture.
Hats off to the Conservative council leadership who managed to hold his administration to account on spending while never jeopardising the project. Calderdale’s politicians and staff have shown the country just what effective and committed local government can achieve.
The Piece Hall has put heart back into Halifax and is a European exemplar of heritage-led regeneration.
If, like me, you loyally buy your National Lottery tickets every week, you should know that without the Heritage Lottery Fund, who put millions into The Piece Hall, the project would not have happened. Your lottery tickets made this possible. Thanks to its chief executive Ros Kerslake and her Yorkshire and Humber team for believing in this project and backing it to the hilt.
The Piece Hall is now in the safe hands of the trust, and its chief executive, Nicky Chance-Thompson, leads a first-rate team who will continue to transform this wonderful building into an international destination. It’s a whole new chapter for Halifax and Calderdale.