“A huge leap forward for Halifax and a real potential magnet for visitors and further investment.”
That was the verdict of regional MEP Amjad Bashir after he was given a tour of the refurbished Piece Hall, the neighbouring Square Chapel arts centre and the new Halifax Central Library which opens next month.
A series of multi-million pound investments co-ordinated by Calderdale Council and the Square Chapel Trust has transformed the Piece Hall Quarter into a spectacular series of inter-linked spaces for exhibitions, public events, culture, research and heritage.
Centrepiece is the dramatically-upgraded Piece Hall which re-opened on August 1 after a lengthy closure and £18 million redevelopment.
Mr Bashir, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “I missed the re-opening so I was delighted to be offered a personal tour. I was hugely impressed and I want to congratulate everyone involved.
“It really puts the town on the map.
“The new space in the Piece Hall quadrangle is stunning and I was delighted to see it so busy, even on a midweek afternoon. As Conservative spokesman on small business in the European Parliament, I was struck by the originality and quality of the retail outlets. They are superb and as more traders take up space it will become an even bigger draw.
“The way the different attractions now interlink great, and their offerings complement one another perfectly. This deserves to attract people not just from around West Yorkshire but from the whole of the North and beyond”