Our plans for the future
The new building
Robert Evans www.evansvettori.co.uk has designed a contemporary building using modern materials, glass and copper cladding, to unite the red brick of Square Chapel with the stone of the Piece Hall. The extension will comprise:
Who will benefit
What it will cost; How you can help
Fundraising Update January 2013
Square Chapel Centre for the Arts was delighted to announce on 22 January that Arts Council England approved its Stage 2 application for funding for the Cornerstone project, meaning the organisation will receive £3.9 million from the National Lottery to transform its current space and build a stunning new extension.
This wonderful support from Arts Council England makes a vital contribution to the £5.9m overall project costs, and, together with the £1.1m in pledges from trusts and foundations already received, takes the project well on the way to its funding target.
Applications will continue to be submitted to trusts and foundations, and a public campaign will be launched in April, to raise the balance of less than £1m.
The ACE award is a wonderful show of support and acknowledgement of the great work Square Chapel does in bringing the best touring theatre, music, comedy and dance to Halifax. This investment will mean that Calderdale audiences will benefit from even more of the high-quality arts and cultural experiences they have come to expect from the thriving Arts Centre. Cluny Macpherson, Regional Director of Arts Council England, “This project will enable the excellent Square Chapel to bring more high quality theatre and other performances to Halifax and greatly improve the experience for audiences and artists alike. It will also be able to extend its important role in the community increasing opportunities for local people to take part in arts activities. With strong support from Calderdale Council as well as our investment of £3.9 million of National Lottery money, this redevelopment will help Square Chapel secure a sustainable future in the heart of the town, alongside a revitalised Piece Hall and fantastic new centre for young people.”
Square Chapel is enormously grateful to Arts Council England, who have been a huge source of support and encouragement since it first opened as an arts centre in 1988. This funding comes with real responsibility, which Square Chapel take very seriously. Cornerstone has grown out of years of work, planning and research and the organisation is confident in its ability to make the most of this opportunity for the benefit of the cultural offer locally, nationally and internationally. Square Chapel’s Director Sally Martin said, “We wish to express our massive gratitude to Arts Council England. The Cornerstone development is essential to the future success of Square Chapel. We will be able to welcome more audiences than ever before, provide more opportunities for people to engage in arts activities and workshops, support the development of the next generation of performers and cement our position within the new cultural hub for Calderdale.”
Linking directly to the Piece Hall’s new Visitor Orientation and Heritage Interpretation Centre, Cornerstone will be a breathtaking landmark and a visible sign of Halifax as one of the fastest growing cultural destinations in the UK. The Piece Transformation Project secured planning permission in December 2012 and Listed Building Consent in January 2013.
The development of Square Chapel would not be taking place without the ongoing commitment and encouragement from Calderdale Council. The local authority has been instrumental in helping the Arts Centre secure this investment and share the vision of creating a new cultural hub in Halifax. Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift said, “We are delighted at Square Chapel’s success in securing the Arts Council investment. Their ambitious plans will complement the transformation of the Piece Hall, and provide yet further evidence of the confidence at a national level in what is happening in Halifax, supporting our vision of a revitalised town centre.”
Square Chapel’s extension is the final piece of the jigsaw that will transform this area of the town centre, complementing the Piece Hall, the new library and the Orangebox Young People’s Centre making it the key destination for culture and tourism in the town.
Square Chapel is well prepared to deliver a capital project of this scale, having overseen the development of the £3.8 million myplace funded Orangebox - a state of the art facility created by, and for, the young people of Halifax which will open in Spring 2013.
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