The hoardings are set to go up around the former Queensgate Market as work gets underway on Huddersfield’s Our Cultural Heart redevelopment.

Kirklees Council promised “spades in the ground” in summer 2024 and from next week hoardings will go up around the site, heralding the start of work.

From Monday June 24 hoardings will be erected around the former Queensgate Market and pavements and pedestrian access will be closed.

The pavement on the Queensgate Market side of Queensgate will be closed as will the pavement on the market side of Peel Street down the side of Huddersfield Town Hall.

Princess Alexandra Walk in the Piazza will also be closed to the public and the blue stairs will no longer be accessible.



Parking bays on Queensgate will be closed from the end of June.

The pedestrian crossing over Queensgate to St Paul’s Hall at the University of Huddersfield will be closed in September 2024. Once this closure is in place the hoardings will be extended further down Queensgate and into Queen Street.

Pedestrian restrictions are expected to remain in place until the end of 2025.


A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “As part of the hoarding installation, there will be several changes to pedestrian routes to ensure the safety of both the public and construction workers as Our Cultural Heart progresses.

“We understand these changes may cause some inconvenience but they are required to facilitate the safe and secure redevelopment of Huddersfield town centre.”

Phase One of Our Cultural Heart will see the former market building become a food hall. A glass-fronted extension will be added to create a new library which will open out into a public square and events space.


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