“Cultural heart” proposals include art gallery, entertainment venue and food hall

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has revealed its £210m regeneration vision for Huddersfield that aims to provide a new “cultural heart” for the West Yorkshire town.

Its proposals, which have been put out to public consultation this week, include a new multi-purpose entertainment and events venue with a capacity of up to 2,200, a new art gallery, and repurposing the current Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery building as a museum.

FCBS’ proposals would also see the refurbishment of the grade II-listed Queensgate Market building to become a vibrant food hall and the delivery of a new multistorey car park.

An extension to the market building, which was designed by the J Seymour Harris Partnership, would house a new community-focused public library to replace services currently provided by the town’s existing main library and art gallery, which was designed by E Ashburner and is also grade II-listed.

Consultation documents acknowledge that some of the structure surrounding Queensgate Market would require “careful removal” to accommodate the proposals. The small shop units along the Piazza would also be removed.

Queensgate Market GM

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Queensgate Market in Huddersfield was built between 1968 and 1970 to designs by J Seymour Harris Partnership

“This will help reveal and celebrate the unique concrete roof shells that form part of the building’s character and connect the space to the new public square,” the documents said.

“The external artworks on the building along Queensgate will be revealed by the removal of lesser quality trees, which will be replaced with lower level areas of greenery.”

FCBS was appointed to the Huddersfield project by Kirklees Council last year. The local authority said the proposed new developments would be linked together with “attractive, accessible and inviting outdoor public spaces” that everyone would be able to enjoy.


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Overview of the cultural heart proposals for Huddersfield town centre, led by FCBS

Kirklees said FCBS’ “cultural heart” vision was the centrepiece of its £250m Huddersfield Blueprint to revitalise the town over the next decade.

The project team also includes landscape architect Re-Form, Turner & Townsend, Queensberry, Pegasus, Arup and IPW.

The latest incarnation of the proposals is out to public consultation until 14 September.

2069 Site Aerial copy

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Aerial view of the site earmarked for Huddersfield’s new cultural heart