CALDERDALE Council is celebrating a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £7m funding to revitalise the Piece Hall.
The Piece Hall Transformation project will turn the extraordinary building into a world-class heritage destination in the heart of the North of England.
The funding will help deliver a 21st century Piece Hall with a visitor and heritage centre offering a unique insight into the history of the building.
It will offer projects for education as well as shopping, eating and drinking, workspaces for creative businesses and a venue for conferences and meetings.
Work is expected to start in late 2013 and will be done in phases to enable the Piece Hall to remain open throughout.
It is expected to be completed in 2015, when it will transfer to an independent trust.
“This is fantastic news,” said Calderdale Council leader, Clr Tim Swift.
“A revitalised Piece Hall will be a magnet for visitors, offering a spectacular heritage attraction and public space and excellent leisure and retail business opportunities.
“This will be of huge economic benefit to the town and to Calderdale as a borough.”
The whole project is expected to cost £19m and will require significant investment from the council and other sources.