The Huddersfield Blueprint: The Cultural Heart
We successfully launched our ten-year vision for Huddersfield Town Centre on Wednesday 26 June.
Creating a ‘Cultural Heart’
One of the main focuses in our Huddersfield Blueprint plan is to create a new ‘Cultural Heart’ in the town centre – creating a vibrant culture, art, leisure and nightlife offer, thriving businesses, a great place to live, improved access and enhanced public spaces.
Have steps been taken towards delivering The Huddersfield Blueprint?
We have taken our first step towards delivering The Huddersfield Blueprint after striking a deal with the owners of the Piazza to purchase it. Our vision is to create a ‘Cultural Heart’ built around the Queensgate Market and library building.
What will the ‘Cultural Heart’ include?
This will include; a library, art gallery, museum and live music venue in the Piazza and Queensgate area. This will be further supported by restaurants, bars, cafes and the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
The removal of buildings around the Piazza area could create a large, family-friendly open space for people to gather with lawns, water features and seating steps.
What about traffic?
We also want to create better links between the ring road and the town centre, and will do this by improving the public space around Queensgate and opening up the Piazza to Queen Street.
We’re also planning to improve links across the ring road, making it easier for pedestrians to access the university, the Cultural Heart and Bates Mill into the town centre.
What will happen with the Market Hall carpark?
Market Hall carpark is being considered for either a new and improved carpark, a hotel or a youth zone.
How to have your say on the Huddersfield Blueprint
The plans are subject to a three-month consultation and engagement period which will begin on Monday 8 July.
Residents can view the plans at the Blueprint shop at Unit 32, the Piazza Centre, Huddersfield from 8 July. The shop will be open Monday-Friday between 9am and 5pm.
For more information, to view the plans in full and to watch a fly-through video visit our website – where you’ll also be able to share your thoughts on the plans from Monday 8 July.