Arup chosen to help deliver £210m Cultural Heart vision for Huddersfield

Jim Ranger Jim Ranger UKIMEA Press Office,Manchester
23 November 2021

Arup has been selected by Kirklees Council as lead engineers to help deliver the ambitious £210 million vision for the regeneration of Huddersfield’s ‘Cultural Heart’.
The team – which also includes Turner & Townsend and Fielden Clegg Bradley – will work with the council to transform Huddersfield’s Queensgate area into an inclusive, vibrant hub. Arup will lead the engineering aspects of the project, which is a key part of the Huddersfield Blueprint. 

Arup’s multi-disciplinary team will bring specialist engineering design to the delivery of new buildings and refurbishments, with a strong emphasis on heritage, sustainability and building performance.
The plans include a new entertainment venue, an art gallery, a new library, a food hall, a museum and a multi-storey car park. There would also be potential future uses including hotel, restaurants, bars, offices and homes.
The Huddersfield Blueprint is a ten-year vision to create a thriving, modern town centre that will be accessible, busy, inclusive, family-friendly, sustainable and a safe environment that will stay open longer.
It focuses on regenerating six key areas of Huddersfield Town Centre: Station Gateway, St Peter's, Kingsgate and King Street, New Street, the Civic Quarter and a new Cultural Heart in the Queensgate and Piazza area.

We’re really pleased to be appointed engineering designers for the Cultural Heart and look forward to helping deliver the project.

“This will celebrate the heritage at its core and – most importantly – create inclusive, vibrant places for the people of Kirklees, which we will help shape using our decades of experience and wide range of expertise. ”

Jim Bell Jim Bell Director, Buildings

Councillor Peter McBride, Kirklees Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “The new ‘Cultural Heart’ of Huddersfield will be a game-changer for the town and for our borough as a destination within West Yorkshire. Our town has a rich cultural history, and this vision of a thriving, rejuvenated town centre sets us up for a bright cultural and economic future as well.  

It is a sustainable plan that will be fully accessible and inclusive to all – a model of a modern, family-friendly hub that will draw people in from far and wide.”