By Leah Conway – KLTV Contributor
The council has confirmed plans to develop Huddersfield’s Kingsgate Centre. They will lend developer WD Limited the capital required for the expansion.
The blueprint expansion would add lots of new services to Kingsgate. For example, it will include a cinema, bowling alley, restaurants among other leisure facilities.
Moreover, in the past, the fund has supported the development of the old Co-op building on New Street.
The Council and WD Limited agreed on a £7 million loan for the entertainment complex. The money comes from the council’s £25 million Property Investment Fund. Its purpose is for redeveloping sites around Kirklees.
The work will commence in Summer 2021. It is due for completion by the end of 2022.
Cllr Peter McBride said: “The council is committed to delivering on our blueprint visions for Huddersfield, and this development forms a significant part of our regeneration.
“Kingsgate forms the anchor for the town’s shopping offer, and the new leisure facilities will enhance the nearby cultural heart redevelopment.
“Offering the loan to the developers means we will see the project take place in a shorter timeframe, which in turn will provide much needed economic benefits for the town.
“As we begin the vaccine roll out, we are looking forward to a future where Kirklees is ready to receive visitors again. Bringing forward key projects such as The Light cinema will make sure Huddersfield bounces back and offers the attractions people want to visit.”
In addition, Developer WD Limited commented, “I am grateful for the Council’s support in delivering this scheme. We are excited about bringing a cinema into Huddersfield town centre alongside a variety of food and restaurant uses.
“Our redeveloped centre will provide a new destination within the town centre with the opportunity to shop, eat and see the latest films.”
Lastly, Keith Pullinger of The Light added, “We are thrilled to be part of this exciting venture in Huddersfield and are looking forward to bringing the next generation of leisure experiences to the town with our cinema, bowling and diner.”
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