Top architects, Bowman Riley, have been appointed to bring two of Huddersfield’s iconic historical buildings back to life as part of a major regeneration campaign.
The George Hotel and Estates Building represent to of the biggest parts as part of the Huddersfield Blueprint project. Unveiled in 2019, the Blueprint aims to encourage significant regeneration across the town centre to create a thriving, modern day centre bustling with art, culture and leisure options.
The buildings are set at the heart of the project within the High Street Heritage Action Zone, a grant scheme funded by a partnership between Historic England and Kirklees Council which aims to repair and restore historic old buildings to modern use.
As well as restoring infrastructure the project will hold a number of community events around the town to celebrate Huddersfield’s special architectural heritage.
The scheme is funding the restoration of these iconic buildings to bring them back to life and help the centre move into the 21st century in a way which respects its rich heritage.
“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,” said David Shepherd, Strategic Director for Growth and Regeneration.. “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 added: “By bringing these underused buildings back into to 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.”
You an find out more about the Huddersfield Blueprint by visiting the Kirklees.gov website.