By KLTV Newsdesk –
Kirklees Council has announced that it has finalised an agreement with Radisson Hotel Group to operate their Radisson RED brand in Huddersfield.
The iconic George Hotel, located in a prime position on St George’s Square and close to Huddersfield Railway Station, will undergo extensive restoration and refurbishment before opening as the Radisson RED Huddersfield in winter 2024/25.
‘Jewel in Huddersfield’s Crown’
Councillor Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, expressed excitement over the project, stating: “The George Hotel was once the jewel in Huddersfield’s crown, and I am determined to see it restored to its rightful position in the town.
“Having a hotel of the quality that the Radisson RED brand brings, close to travel connections, will only add to the appeal of a revitalised, vibrant destination.
Councillor Turner added that with the Cultural Heart and overall Huddersfield Blueprint, Kirklees Council are ‘taking action to stop the decline of the town’.
“High streets up and down the country have to look for ways to keep town centres alive; what we are doing in Huddersfield could set a great example to many.
“Kirklees is open for business, and we will continue to invest in and regenerate our much loved historic buildings.”
The hotel will feature 91 rooms with cutting-edge design, meeting and events spaces, a fitness room, and an onsite restaurant and bar featuring locally sourced dishes and beers.
The development of the George Hotel is part of the council’s ambitious Huddersfield Blueprint, which aims to create a thriving, modern-day town centre that is accessible, inclusive, and family-friendly.
It is hoped that the significant investment will help create demand for both domestic and international tourism.
‘Breathing New Life’
Adela Cristea, Vice President, Business Development UK & Ireland at Radisson Hotel Group, also expressed enthusiasm for the project, stating, “It’s very exciting to be breathing new life into one of Huddersfield’s most iconic buildings by introducing the bold and vibrant brand to the town.”