Plans approved for £210m Huddersfield centre regeneration

3rd March 2023 | Jack Oliver

Plans for a £210m redevelopment in the centre of Huddersfield have been approved by Kirklees Council’s planning authority.

Construction for the scheme, called the Cultural Heart development, is now set to go ahead in Spring 2024.

The development will see the refurbishment of Huddersfield’s Queensgate Market, with the Grade II listed site transforming into a food hall with space for around 10 independent stalls.

The same building will also host a library venue, which will feature group meeting spaces, breakout rooms, a space for children, a local history room, and computer facilities.

A terrace and events space will be created on the top floor of the library, overlooking a new public square.

Initial developments will see the demolition of part of the site’s existing piazza building along Princess Alexandra Walk, with the remainder staying in place until further demolition is necessary to complete the construction of the scheme. Existing units at the site including Boots and WHSmith will remain open during this period.

The first phase of the scheme is expected to be completed by Spring 2026. The construction of an urban park, a museum and gallery, a mixed-use building, and a multi-use entertainment venue will follow this.

Councillor Graham Turner said that work was already underway to appoint a principle construction contractor.


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