£25m Bid To Create Huddersfield 'Cultural Quarter'

A new library, art gallery and museum and live music venue are all part of the plans.

Kirklees Council is looking to secure £25million in funding to create a 'cultural quarter' in Huddersfield Town Centre, with a new library, art gallery and museum, as well as a new live music venue, all part of the plans.

The council is bidding for £25million from the Government’s High Street Fund.

The plans would include a significantly enhanced Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery and a new museum alongside the Lawrence Batley Theatre and new 700-1,000 capacity live music venue, if the bid is successful.

It is hoped this could transform Huddersfield Town Centre, increase footfall and boost the night-time economy. It would also better connect The University of Huddersfield to the town centre.

Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “It’s clear to see that we are an ambitious and innovative council that is investing to ensure Kirklees is a great place to live, work and do business.

“It’s crucial that we get this right and in order for a modern day town centre to thrive it needs to have a more diverse offer. We recognise that in an age of online shopping, people want to have experiences in their town centres and culture is at the heart of this.

“The future of our town centres is a huge priority for us. Whilst we’re bidding for funding for Huddersfield in this case, we’re working on a range of projects to improve our other town centres too.”

This latest funding round of the Government’s High Street Fund closes on 22 March.

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