Transforming one of Yorkshire’s most iconic heritage buildings – The Piece Hall

Working on the conservation and transformation of what is known as ‘one of the UK’s most significant heritage projects’ is quite an addition to our portfolio and something we do not take lightly. The weight of the expectation is high – and rightly so as the eyes of the UK are watching. This unique building which has stood in the heart of Halifax for almost 240 years has undergone a £19m transformation programme. Built by the Georgians and opened in 1779 to support the trading of pieces of cloth and wool samples bought in by merchants to sell in quantity was originally known as the Cloth Hall.

The transformation will see the building which is due to reopen summer 2017 house a myriad of independent and artisan shops, cafés, bars, restaurants, alfresco eating, creative businesses and a world-class programme of dance, film, visual arts and music events. The open-air square will link to the Square Chapel – a new venue which will host shows, events and workshops, the Orangebox – a young people’s centre, the Central Library and Archive and the Calderdale Industrial Museum.

Our appointment came directly from Calderdale Council and was for Building and M&E site inspection services on the Piece Hall and Central Library and Archive buildings and was to be for the duration of the projects.

As well as inspecting and overseeing the construction work, part of our Clerks of Works brief was to ensure that the project retained as many of its original 18th Century features as possible allowing for modernisation, sustainability and accessibility.

‘We are delighted to be involved in such an extraordinary project for Calderdale Council. The Clerks of Works appointed have the necessary experience in working on listed projects and we believe that this is key to ensure that the transformation is of the highest of standards achievable.’ – Managing Director Tony Mobbs

The Piece Hall transformation project is funded jointly by Calderdale Council and the National Lottery and is supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Wolfson Foundation.

This is the first project of many we hope with Calderdale Council and look forward to working with them on future projects.

We are a leading national Clerks of Works practice that will proactively integrate with your existing construction team and will oversee and inspect quality control on your Building, M&E, Civil and Landscaping projects. Our Heritage portfolio includes York Minster, Battersea Power Station and the Toffee Factory in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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South Yorkshire
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