Work is continuing apace on the re-development of the Kingsgate Centre in Huddersfield – and a time-lapse camera on the roof will record the progress.

A giant crane arrived this week to start work on raising the roof. An extra storey is being added to the top of the building to accommodate a six-screen cinema complex, operated by The Light.

The existing roof has been removed and the new storey will be added. The yellow crane in the photograph above is currently being constructed to carry out the lifting works.

Work to re-develop the 90,000 sq ft former House of Fraser store started in March 2023 and at the time had a target opening date of September 2024.

Kingsgate Leisure will not just be about film, there will be 10 bowling lanes and gaming along with various bars and restaurants.

Kirklees Council has worked closely with the centre’s owners WD Kingsgate and has provided a £7 million loan.

At the time the work started back in March, Peter Everest, of WD Kingsgate, said: “We are excited about bringing a high-quality cinema into Huddersfield town centre alongside a variety of other food and leisure outlets.

“Our re-developed centre will create a new destination within the town centre that gives the opportunity to shop, eat and see the latest films all within a stone’s throw of the other planned town centre developments.”

Kingsgate is a major part of Kirklees Council’s 10-year Huddersfield Blueprint regeneration project.

Kingsgate has commissioned local webcam experts Virtual Huddersfield to install a time-lapse camera on the roof and videos will be released regularly online as work progresses.

Visit or search Kingsgate on social media to find links.