Appointed to Huddersfield Station Gateway Project
Bowman Riley has been appointed by Kirklees Council to provide conservation architecture on the Huddersfield Station Gateway Heritage Project working on the George Hotel and Estates Building, two listed Victorian landmarks in the town centre.
Part of a major investment in Huddersfield, the George and the Estates Building form part of Huddersfield Blueprint’s most significant projects. The Huddersfield Blueprint, which was unveiled in June 2019, will see significant regeneration across the town centre and aims to create a thriving, modern-day centre that is a vibrant cultural destination and a great place to live with enhanced public spaces.
The Station Gateway High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), that these buildings sit within, is a grant scheme funded by partnership working between Historic England and the Council. It aims to regenerate the high street through the reuse and repair of historic buildings. The scheme will fund the repair and revitalisation of the George Hotel and the former Estates Building with work due to be completed by 2024.
Over the next three years, we will carry out all aspects of architectural work required to bring these iconic Huddersfield buildings back to life, taking care to preserve their heritage so that they can play a big role in the vision for the town.
David Shepherd, Strategic Director for Growth and Regeneration said:
“Recruiting the architects to work on these projects is an important step towards achieving our blueprint vision for Huddersfield. Regeneration projects of this scale take time to get off the ground, but that doesn’t mean the legal and technical work isn’t happening in the background.
The renovation of the George Hotel and Estates Building will help to bring more independent and local businesses to the town, increasing the town’s cultural and leisure offerings. Once completed, I’m sure that they will attract shoppers and visitors from across the region to the town centre.”
Chris Collett from Historic England said:
“The appointment of Bowman Riley represents a significant stage in the redevelopment of two of Huddersfield’s most important historic buildings and the wider rejuvenation of St George’s Square. By bringing these underused buildings back into use, the High Street Heritage Action Zone will breathe new life into St George’s Square and encourage local people and visitors to spend more time in Huddersfield’s town centre.”