An artist's impression of new town centre development as seen from the air.
Aerial view of artist's impression of Cultural Heart in Huddersfield. © Pixel Flakes
Aerial view of artist's impression of Cultural Heart in Huddersfield. © Pixel Flakes

Historic England Supports Huddersfield Town Centre Regeneration Plan

Historic England has praised Kirklees Council’s vision for a vibrant new cultural and leisure hub in Huddersfield town centre, which will breathe new life into two of its listed buildings.

The 'Cultural Heart' project will see the refurbishment and extension of the Grade II listed Huddersfield Library, transforming it into a dedicated new museum space, which will showcase the town’s history.  The Grade II listed Queensgate Market, which has recently closed, will be redeveloped into a new library and food hall, housing local and independent businesses.  

Alongside the repurposing of these historic buildings, the project also features a new entertainment venue, art gallery, urban park, outdoor event space and multi-storey car park.

The 'Cultural Heart' is an ambitious project to revitalise this part of Huddersfield’s town centre. It could offer substantial benefits to local people and visitors, including the enhancement of important historic buildings through increased investment and greater public access. We welcome the way in which the proposals have been developed with consideration for the significance of Huddersfield’s heritage generally and the particular historic and architectural significance of the Queensgate Market and library buildings.

Emma Sharpe, Inspector of Historic Buildings and Areas Historic England

As the Government's expert advisor on England’s heritage, part of Historic England’s role is to advise on development proposals affecting the historic environment. Historic England was involved in detailed discussions with Kirklees Council and architects Feilden Clegg Bradley during the development of the 'Cultural Heart' project plans.

The investment in, and revitalisation of, our town centres is vital if they are to thrive again. The 'Cultural Heart' strikes the perfect balance of creating a vibrant and welcoming destination for all whilst celebrating the town’s heritage and putting the magnificent historic buildings front and centre.

Councillor Graham Turner, Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration Kirklees Council