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.
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.
Timeline for the development
|Contractor appointed||October 2014|
|Development starts on site||
27 October 2014
|New Central Library and Archive will open||Summer 2017|
Keeping you informed
Newsletters - The latest on the development:
- Bloom returns to Square Church rose window
- Newsletter Spring 2017 [PDF 399KB]
- Newsletter Summer 2016 [PDF 457KB]
- Newsletter January 2016 [PDF 1568KB]
- Newsletter June 2015 [PDF 590KB]
- Newsletter October 2014 [PDF 1069KB]
- Newsletter December 2013 [PDF 888KB]
- Newsletter June 2013 [PDF 1943KB]
The planning application
To view the planning documents related to the development of the new library and archive, search the planning database using the terms Central Library and / or Square Road Church Spire. Search planning applications .
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. .