The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library and Archives

Beaming with civic pride

The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library.
The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library. Credit: Bruce Fitzgerald

LDN Architects for Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 6,100m²

The Piece Hall is a grade I listed Cloth Hall, dating from 1779. It had been in decline for a number of years until Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council promoted it as a cultural, creative and community focus for the region.

  • The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library.
    The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library. Credit: Chris Lord
  • The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library.
    The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library.
  • The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library.
    The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library. Credit: Bruce Fitzgerald
  • The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library.
    The Piece Hall and Calderdale Central Library.
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As a conservation project every stone has been carefully reviewed and repaired or replaced with appropriate restoration skills. But it is in the transformation of this building that the ambition of the design team and clients stands out. Previously the spaces were unheated, and the scheme includes new infrastructure and building services to deliver high-quality commercial space for new businesses operating in shops and cafés. A new entrance creates permeability from town to the railway station. The new Central Library and Archive is a modern facility and a bold addition beaming with civic pride.

Mark Hopton of LDN Architects, Yorkshire Project Architect of the Year, sponsored by Taylor Maxwell

Yorkshire Conservation Award

Yorkshire Building of the Year, sponsored by Artifice Press

See other winners in the RIBA Regional Awards – Yorkshire