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LDN Architects bags Piece Hall prize

Edinburgh-based LDN Architects has landed the prize project of taking forward the £16 million overhaul of Halifax’s Grade-I listed Piece Hall

Initial designs had been drawn up Evans Vettori (pictured - see AJ 12.08.09), however the development went out to tender through the OJEU process and the Scottish practice eventually ‘emerged from a field of nearly 40 companies’.

Last March (2010), Calderdale Council was awarded £239,700 in development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to work up plans for the project and in November 2011 the authority is expected to submit a detailed Stage Two bid to HLF.

Mark Hopton, partner at LDN, said: ‘Buildings like the Piece Hall create a unique sense of place and identity that help us define who we are and influence our community and cultural life.

‘The Piece Hall’s beautifully proportioned arcades also contain one of the most remarkable public squares in the UK but it is a space that is sadly underused at present.

‘The challenge for the project team is therefore to conserve and sympathetically adapt the historic buildings to new uses that are sustainable in the long term whilst transforming the courtyard into the world-class square that it should be. We are delighted to be involved in such a nationally significant project.’

LDN Architects is working with will be business planners L&R Consulting and heritage interpretation and activity planning, Wafer Hadley.

The local authority says:

If successful, the Council plans to transform the Piece Hall into a vibrant European-style piazza in keeping with the Hall’s 18th Century Italian architecture. A space will also be created to explain the important role that the Hall has played in Yorkshire’s history. The Piece Hall will continue to be a destination for shoppers wanting highly individual shops, and hi-tech and creative businesses will use the Piece Hall as a unique location in which to base their companies.

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