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10 years later...Evans Vettori's Halifax arts centre starts on site

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Construction will start later this month on Evans Vettori Architects’ £6.6million overhaul of the Square Chapel Centre for the Arts - 10 years after the firm landed the job

In July the arts organisation announced it had finally secured the funding to press ahead with the long-awaited project to ‘extended and improve’ the Grade II*-listed former chapel next to Halifax’s famous Piece Hall.

The scheme includes a 108 seater multi-purpose cinema and studio theatre, new dressing rooms, improved toilets and a café-bar area.

The project has received donations from Arts Council England, Calderdale Council, Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Wolfson Foundation, Monument Trust, Sir George Martin Trust as well as donations from individuals, businesses and fundraising events by the Centre’s supporters.

Sally Martin, director of Square Chapel, said: “Square Chapel has come of age and has outgrown the building as it currently stands. Literally hundreds of people have generously donated their time, effort, skills and inspiration to do what the centre has achieved to date.

‘It’s wonderful to see money being invested in Halifax and I’m personally delighted to see culture and the arts leading the way and bringing new life into Halifax.”

The project is scheduled to complete by the summer of 2017.

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Evans Vettori Architects has submitted plans to more than double the space of the Grade II*-listed Square Chapel Centre for the Arts’ home in Halifax. The practice beat the likes of Ash Sakula Architects and Richard Murphy Architects to land the £3.35 million job to extend the former church.


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