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Dewsbury Arcade – A shopper’s town

The town will benefit from a consolidated retail offer, with significant investment in Dewsbury’s famous market to transform it into a flexible space for both shopping and leisure.

The journey so far …

Over the last ten years, Dewsbury’s’ Arcade has been gradually deteriorating. Most of the units became vacant and the thoroughfare closed to the public five years ago.

In May 2020, we bought the Grade II Listed Arcade, which was built in 1899 and was very popular for so many local people who have fond memories of it.

The Arcade was at the heart of the town centre for more than 100 years, until it closed its doors in 2016.

The Arcade project is one of the key schemes of the ‘Dewsbury Blueprint’ vision which launched in February 2020 and aims to create a family-friendly, active, accessible and attractive town centre.

Who will operate the Arcade?

The Arcade Group’ Dewsbury is made up of six local businesses and investors who will come together and run the Arcade, we will still hold the freehold for the building.

This is exciting news for the Arcade as it will be the UK’s first community-run shopping centre.  

What are the plans for the Arcade?

The aim is to keep all original features of the Arcade, preserving its heritage.

The work will bring the structure back to a high standard needed to allow independent tenants, and craft-oriented retailers alongside high-quality cafés and bars to take up the space. In addition, work will improve accessibility and lighting, and enhance the beauty of the end units and entryways.

Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we have now secured the initial funding of £106,657 which will allow us to start the first stages of development work. This money is part of the first stage application of a bid of £3.7m towards the overall projected project costs of £7m.

a design concept for what the Dewsbury Arcade could potentially look like.
A design concept for what the Dewsbury Arcade could potentially look like

What’s next for the Arcade?

We are hoping for success when we submit our second-round funding application in November 2022. We will know the outcome in March 2023. If all goes well, the main construction work could start in the summer of 2023, with a potential completion date of 2024.

If you have any questions and would like to get in touch, you can email:

Dewsbury-Arcade@kirklees.gov.uk