Kirklees Council release plans for new ‘Cultural Heart’ in Town Centre

Kirklees Council’s £210million plans to create a Cultural Heart in Huddersfield Town Centre are continuing to take shape with new artist’s impressions revealed.

Kirklees Council’s Scrutiny Panel is being updated on progress of the Cultural Heart scheme on 3rd March 2022 and will be shown early scheme designs of what the plans may look like.  

The Cultural Heart is Kirklees Council’s plan to adapt to town centres being different in the future with more of a focus on culture, leisure, greater accessibility and more green and open spaces with flexible uses.

The Council’s vision is for the Cultural Heart to be built around the Queensgate Market and the existing library and art gallery buildings, with the Piazza Shopping Centre proposed to be demolished.

The proposals include a new events/live music venue, food hall, museum and art gallery, new library, new multi-storey car park, all centred around a new “Town Park”.

As part of an update presentation being delivered to Scrutiny Panel on 3 March 2022, the artist’s impressions reveal where on the site each building and use will be located, and give an indication of the proposed scale of new development around existing Listed buildings. These plans will be subject to change and development as the scheme continues to go through a briefing, design, consultation, and feasibility process.

Councillor Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We’re now really speeding up the delivery of our exciting Cultural Heart plans with our engineers and architects appointed. These new visuals of the scheme, although subject to change along the design phase, really start to bring our visions to life.  

“We want to continue to keep everyone updated as the vision continues to take shape as we know how excited people across Kirklees are. We’re now working towards July where we will be presenting something more detailed to Cabinet for approval.

“The Cultural Heart will offer people something truly unique with a hub of culture, events, activities, food and drink and more all in one place centred around a new Town Park. In order for our town centres to thrive in the modern day, we must adapt them so they offer people places to visit, things to do and more green space. Huddersfield’s Cultural Heart will do that and more.”

The Cultural Heart is part of the Huddersfield Blueprint – Kirklees Council’s ten-year vision to create a thriving, modern- day town centre that will be accessible, busy, inclusive, family-friendly, sustainable and a safe environment that will stay open longer.

Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and engineers Arup were appointed in October 2021 to help deliver the Cultural Heart scheme. The scheme remains early in the design process and the proposals within these new visuals are subject to change as further design work progresses.

An Outline Business Case is now being developed for The Cultural Heart and will be presented to Cabinet in July 2022 for approval.

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