6 March 2023

Kirklees Cultural Heart Proposals FCBStudios

Proposals for our £210m Cultural Heart development, which is set to transform the heart of Huddersfield town centre, have been approved by the Local Planning Authority.

The Cultural Heart is the centrepiece of the wider Huddersfield Blueprint – the council’s ambitious ten-year vision to create a thriving, modern-day town centre.  Our project will see the refurbishment of the historic  Grade II Listed Queensgate Market and Huddersfield Library buildings, with the aim to house a vibrant food hall and a dedicated museum space respectively. These new offers will sit alongside a new community-focused library, modern art gallery, multi-purpose live entertainment venue and a 350-space car park – all of which will be connected by a series of world-class public spaces and green parks.   Alex Whitbread, Partner, said “The Cultural Heart will replace a dated 1960s shopping centre with a unique collection of cultural facilities, reflecting the town’s cultural riches, set around a new town park."

Construction of the first phase of the scheme is set to get underway in Spring 2024. Initial works will concentrate on the major refurbishments of the historic Queensgate Market, as well as the creation of a brand-new outdoor public square.