George Hotel – Huddersfield

George Hotel – Huddersfield

Kirklees Council


Bowman Riley has provided conservation architecture to Kirklees Council on the George Hotel, 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 industrial revolution brought the arrival of the railway and an increase in wealth resulting in the development of Huddersfield centre including the George. The building 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, the George was purchased by the Council.
Our role has been to help bring this listed building back into use, prolong the life of the building fabric and enhance the significance of the external façade through replacement of inappropriate interventions and to provide advice for re-purposing to ensure no harm to the buildings’ heritage significance.

Working with the Council and Historic England, we have identified the significance of the George to inform the strategy for the repairs to the building’s fabric. Our role has involved working with the scaffolding company to determine methods for erecting the scaffold to ensure minimal harm to the building. We arranged for a CARE accredited Structural Engineer to survey the building and prepared a repair strategy identifying all the existing window types and preparing a strategy for works to the windows ranging from replacement to repair.

Kirklees declared a climate emergency and we are looking at ways to increase the performance of the built fabric without compromising the historic significance including the use of Vacuum Insulated double glazed windows to reduce heat loss whilst also retaining the existing glazing bars to the sliding sashes.

Read more about the project in the media with articles in the Insider, Yorkshire Live and Huddersfield Unlimited.

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