We are ready to take next step to progress Huddersfield Blueprint
We are taking another step forward to progress the Cultural Heart project by moving market traders from Queensgate into Huddersfield Town Centre for an interim period of at least 3 years from August 2022.
Plans for the Cultural Heart project
The Stage 1 report brought to Cabinet in November 2021, detailed the first step in the £210million plans for the Cultural Heart project that could diversify and transform Huddersfield Town Centre into a cultural hub of leisure, arts and music.
In order for preliminary works to commence on part of the Cultural Heart site this Autumn, our officers will be seeking Cabinet approval to relocate the market traders to an alternative location in the town centre. This will offer greater vibrancy to the traders. Also, the traders will not be subject to further disruption from other proposed projects in the town centre.
The intention is for these relocated traders to then form the core market offer in the new amalgamated market, as part of the Northumberland Street Regeneration Project, incorporating the Open Market site. This will form another piece of the Blueprint vision for the town.
Mark Smith, Chair of Queensgate Market Tenants Association (NMTF Huddersfield Branch) backed the Council’s plans stating:
“I am looking forward with eager anticipation to the relocation of the market.
It will hopefully provide a much-needed boost to both existing and new traders as well as the surrounding shops and venues.
“As a trader, I really enjoy chatting with customers and the relocation will help people discover and rediscover the market.
“This is my livelihood and am keen to support the move and work together with the council in making the market a thriving hub of trade and community, serving both residents and visitors for many years to come.”
Supporting the traders
Current traders will be supported in the lead up to and throughout the move, ensuring the new premises meets the needs of their business and enables them to operate successfully.
We are committed to continuing to invest in a market offer in Huddersfield Town Centre and, in turn, create a high-quality temporary market which will drive activity in the town centre.
We recognise that this is especially important given the number of construction projects that are going to be active in the town centre over the coming years.
In addition, the experience of other market projects in the U.K. has shown that those Councils which have planned and adequately invested in temporary markets have benefited from the continuation of healthy trading. Those that have not, have damaged the markets in the process of trying to improve them and undermined the whole purpose of the investment.
Councillor Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said:
“Town centres are going to look and feel different in the future.
These plans take us closer to creating a place where people want to spend time and enjoy the leisure and cultural activities.
Our ambitious Blueprint vision respects our proud heritage but also has a firm eye on the future.
The Cultural Heart programme is in tune with the economic changes that are happening across the country, but we need to work quickly and be ambitious to make a reality of the vision”.
Councillor Will Simpson, Secretary and Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said:
“The new location around the Queensgate market and library area will anchor footfall in this area, support our traders, and create a cluster of cultural activities that link back to the Town Hall and the Lawrence Batley Theatre, as well as complimenting the emerging leisure focus at Kingsgate”.
If approved, when will the temporary market be in place?
If the cabinet approves these next steps, the temporary market will be in place from August 2022.