By Leah Conway
The £210million ‘Cultural Heart’ plans that could transform Huddersfield Town Centre have been given the go-ahead by Kirklees Council’s Cabinet. The funds could help Huddersfield Town centre become a vibrant cultural hub including leisure, arts and music.
The plans come as part of the Huddersfield Blueprint regeneration plans, these in particular impact the Queensgate and Piazza area. The proposals of which were approved by the Cabinet on 16 November
Design and further planning will continue to develop until mid-2022. In June, the ‘masterplans’ will go back to the cabinet for further approval. Plans include building a new entertainment venue, an art gallery, a new library, a food hall, a museum and a multi-storey car park.
Councillor Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “This is such an exciting project which will bring our vision for Huddersfield Town Centre to life.
“The Cultural Heart is what will make Huddersfield stand out as a unique destination for visitors, with a vibrant hub of music, arts, food and more all in one area, overlooking a stunning new Town Park capable of hosting large outdoor events.
“This is a game-changer for Huddersfield and the whole of Kirklees. Our Cultural Heart will offer something for every resident and will draw visitors in from far and wide with events and activities throughout the day and into the night.
“The demolition of the Piazza will open the town centre up, better connecting it to the University of Huddersfield and its students and staff, with the green, safe and welcoming Town Park acting as a perfect gateway into everything the town has to offer.
“When we launched the Blueprint in 2019 I said we meant business, and this might just be the most exciting step forward in the transformation of Huddersfield into a thriving, modern-day town centre with a boosted economy through increased footfall and an unrivalled cultural offer.
“Our ambitions go far beyond Huddersfield, we’re continuing to step up our plans to regenerate Dewsbury Town Centre and all of our other towns across Kirklees. This is a very exciting time for residents, businesses and visitors to Kirklees.”