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Support grows for Huddersfield's threatened Queensgate Market

The Twentieth Century Society has joined ranks of objectors to plans to demolish chunks of Huddersfield’s ‘seminal’ Grade II-listed 1970s Queensgate Market.

A society spokesman said he was ‘extremely concerned’ by the proposals – part of a wider retail-led redevelopment submitted by Leslie Jones Architects – which would see eight of the 21 hyperbolic paraboloid roof-support structures destroyed.

Community group Huddersfield Gem has already branded the project ‘disastrous’ and a ‘missed opportunity’. In its formal objection to Kirklees Council, which has mooted a number of options for the area over the years, the group claimed the proposed scheme was like building ‘a shopping mall’ through the 1972 concrete landmark.

It added that changes to the ‘groundbreaking suspended glazing’ would ‘hideously compromise’ the existing market hall, designed by the J Seymour Harris Partnership.

The group has also raised concerns about the loss of internal sculptures and the part-demolition of ceramic panels designed by German sculptor Fritz Steller.

However, Kirklees Council claims Huddersfield Gem’s comments are ‘misleading, negative and inaccurate’. Councillor Ken Sims, cabinet member for regeneration, said: ‘We are proposing to preserve the innovative structure and enhance its visibility to the public... [especially] the shell roofs.

‘The project has been the subject of the widest consultation of any scheme promoted by the council, particularly specific aspects such as the market hall.’

Leslie Jones Architects declined to comment.

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