​Refurbishment of the historic former Queensgate Market building in Huddersfield to begin in Summer 2024

Kirklees Council’s Cabinet has approved plans to start construction on the first phase of the refurbishment of the historic former Queensgate Market building in Huddersfield, which is part of its strategy to unlock new jobs and economic growth.

Chapman Taylor has been selected as the Executive Architect for this flagship Huddersfield scheme in collaboration with BAM Construction, the lead construction contractor chosen by Kirklees Council. This decision marks a significant step forward in the council's ambitious ten-year Huddersfield Blueprint vision.

Earlier this year, planning consent was obtained for the focal point of the project, which involves the revitalisation of the former Queensgate Market and Huddersfield Library buildings. The transformed structures will house a vibrant food hall and a modern museum and gallery, respectively. These exciting additions will complement a new community-focused library, a live entertainment venue, and a 350-space car park. To connect these spaces seamlessly, a series of public areas will be created.

The project has seen the involvement of various professional advisors, including development manager Queensberry, planner Pegasus, concept architect Feilden Clegg Bradley studio, Arup, Turner & Townsend, and landscape architect re-form. The consultant team working with BAM Construction includes Chapman Taylor (Executive Architect), Curtins (Structures and Civils), Gillespies (Landscape), and Buro Happold (Facade Engineering).

Phase one of the project will primarily focus on the refurbishment of the historic Queensgate Market site. The site will be transformed into a contemporary food hall, a modern library, and an outdoor public square. Throughout 2023, site surveys and preparation works will be carried out, with construction scheduled to commence in summer 2024. The project is expected to reach completion in the winter of 2025.

In addition to the initial phase, future stages of the scheme will include the integration of the museum and art gallery within the grade two listed building that formerly housed the town's library.

The comprehensive revamp of Huddersfield town centre is poised to breathe new life into the area, providing residents and visitors with vibrant spaces, cultural attractions, and enhanced community facilities.

Jonathan Fishlock (BSc (Hons), B Arch)

Director, UK

Jonathan joined Chapman Taylor in 1999 and became a Director in 2017. He is a key member of the Manchester studio management team where he is also responsible for leading major projects and overseeing QA and Risk Management.

He has extensive experience of large-scale retail, mixed-use and office developments in both the UK and internationally.

Areas of expertise:

Workplace / Retail / Mixed-use / Design Management / Delivery

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