The Piece Hall Transformation Project in Halifax, West Yorkshire, has been shortlisted in the Historic and Conservation category at this year’s Landscape Institute Awards.
Built in 1779, the Grade 1-listed Piece Hall is the sole survivor of the 18th Century northern cloth halls that were built to support the trading of ‘pieces’ of cloth. The historic building has been carefully conserved by LDN Architects and transformed into a multi-use commercial, cultural and heritage destination.
At the heart of The Piece Hall is the central courtyard around which the building is orientated. The courtyard – which now hosts a year-round programme of events – has been restored by Gillespies into an “attractive, open and accessible ‘Town Square’”, which the group said meets modern accessibility and functional requirements whilst maintaining its historical integrity.
A statement by Gillespies read: “Working in collaboration with Historic England, the regeneration of The Piece Hall and its courtyard is a striking example of historically-sensitive landscape and architectural restoration and reinvention that has secured the future of a nationally significant building.”
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 22 November at The Brewery in London.