Station Gateway – Huddersfield
Bowman Riley was 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 landmarks in the town centre.
The 19th century brought the industrial revolution to Huddersfield, the arrival of the railway and an increase in wealth resulting in the development of the town centre with many fine buildings including the Estates Building and the George.
The 1874 Grade II listed Estates Building was designed by Huddersfield-born architect William Henry Crossland with outstanding architectural features including parapets and marble colonnettes. Vacant for 13 years until 2015 when the upper floors were converted from outdated offices into 15 affordable apartments. The remainder of the building is vacant and needs re-purposing.
The George is an elegant Grade II* listed 1851 landmark with an Italianate façade designed by William Walker next to the railway station to meet the needs of the Victorian traveller. The Hotel is famous as the birthplace of rugby league in 1895 when 21 rugby clubs met in the hotel and voted to secede from the Rugby Football Union to set up the Rugby Football League.
In 2013 the 60-bed hotel closed due to competition from chain budget hotels. An important part of Huddersfield’s history and rugby league’s legacy, the George was purchased by Kirklees Council. The George was selected as the venue for the National Rugby League Museum and will occupy the basement/ground floors. A new use is needed for the upper floors.
We are working with Kirklees Council to identify, design and specify stabilisation and repair works to the buildings’ fabric to enable re-purposing in consultation with Historic England. We provide advice for re-purposing to ensure appropriateness and no harm to the buildings’ heritage significance.
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