New central library and archive

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Located on the Square Church site next to the Piece Hall, the new Library and Archive will occupy land that had been unused for many years and will blend the remains of the church into an iconic external design and striking internal layout.

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Calderdale Council and English Heritage worked together to make sure the new building complements the Piece Hall itself and Square Chapel, and also provides significant improvements to the area.

There will be a clear view of the new Library and Archive on the Square Road approach to the Piece Hall as the railings which previously faced Square Road have been removed.

Steps will lead up to the Library and to the new fourth gateway of the Piece Hall.

Access will also be available via a lift, taking people from Square Road to the Library and Archive entrance. A covered walkway will ensure that visitors will be protected during bad weather. Although linked to the new library building the lift will be available outside the library’s opening times to enable easy access to the Piece Hall from Square Road.

As well as the Piece Hall, the new Library and Archive will also have Square Chapel and the Industrial Museum as neighbours – all combining to create a highly interesting and welcoming destination for residents and visitors.

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Timeline for the development

Contractor appointed October 2014
Development starts on site 27th October 2014
New Central Library and Archive will open Summer 2017


Keeping you informed

Newsletters - The latest on the development:

The planning application

To view the planning documents related to the new library and archive development, Search planning applications . Use the search terms 'Central library' and / or 'Square Road Church Spire'.

Calderdale Council awarded the building contract to GRAHAM Construction on 27th October 2014.

More about the announcement: GRAHAM gets green light for Piece Hall transformation and new library.