1 August 2019 (Yorkshire Day) marks two years of incredible impacts following the reopening of the transformed Piece Hall.
Cllr Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader, said:
“Our ambition for this magnificent, Grade I listed building to become a world-class heritage destination is already being achieved. The Piece Hall has enhanced local pride and raised the profile of Calderdale nationally and internationally, boosting our visitor economy and kick-starting the regeneration of Halifax town centre. We’re grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Garfield Weston and Wolfson Foundations for their generous support to help make this happen.
“Local businesses, especially those at the nearby Woolshops, have seen a significant upturn in trade. Tourism in Calderdale is worth a massive £344 million – £96 million more to our economy than in 2010. Day visits and overnight stays, including trips from abroad, have grown.
“Our Vision2024 for Calderdale is to stand out as a distinctive place to live and visit. The Piece Hall is a major part of the borough’s heritage and story and, along with our many other historic buildings, is one of the things that makes Calderdale and Halifax unique.
“This has been a catalyst for the unprecedented level of ambition throughout Calderdale, and our investment programme of around £340 million across the borough over the next three years. We’re building on the success of our significant heritage assets and nurturing Halifax’s growing cultural sector by creating new, attractive spaces for people to meet and attend events throughout the town centre, increasing footfall and spend for businesses across the town.”