The striking Grade II Listed building that was formerly known as Queensgate Market will be carefully refurbished so that part of it can become a bustling new food hall.
With around ten independent food stalls, all centred around large communal seating areas, the food hall will become the social hub of Our Cultural Heart and will keep the area busy throughout the day and into the late evening.
Alongside the food hall, the former Queensgate market hall will also be transformed into a new glass-fronted library.
Designed with the town’s community needs in mind, this flexible space will feature group meeting spaces, quiet breakout rooms, a dedicated children’s area, a local history room and computer facilities.
An attractive new public square, framed by the new library and food hall, will provide an active and vibrant outdoor centrepiece for the scheme.
With enough space for 3,000 visitors, the square will bring people together and suit a range of community and cultural events – from food festivals and live music to outdoor cinema and theatre.
The Grade II Listed building that, until recently, housed the town’s existing library will be thoughtfully developed and have a modern extension added to become a dedicated museum and art gallery space.
With a 50-seat café and museum shop located on the ground floor, it has the potential to become one of the leading cultural galleries in Yorkshire and will tell the remarkable stories of Huddersfield and beyond.
Our Cultural Heart will deliver a brand-new live entertainment venue with a capacity of between 1,200 and 2,200.
The Venue will provide a flexible, safe and attractive space for major concerts and live shows, increasing footfall and taking the town centre’s evening offer to new heights.
The Venue will also have a modern multi-storey car park underneath it, with provision for 350 accessible spaces and EV charging.
Our Cultural Heart will reinvent what can be achieved in urban public spaces. The new public park will be a destination in its own right – providing a truly accessible focal point for people of all ages and walks of life to meet, socialise, relax, play, and share experiences. The well-lit destination will act a as key link between the scheme and the wider town centre, including the celebrated Lawrence Batley Theatre and Town Hall.
On Queen Street, a new two-storey building will play a vital role in improving the edge of the site and the new public park – creating a more accessible and level public space. This building will offer exciting opportunities for an array of future uses.