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Huddersfield Gem welcomes the grade II listing of Huddersfield’s 1970 Queensgate Market Hall.

Today’s news of Huddersfield Queensgate Market Hall's grade II listing was expected but exciting says Huddersfield Gem, an independent community non-political group that is interested in ensuring the future of the Queensgate Market Hall.

Gem co-founder and architect Adrian Evans said, "Queensgate Market was designed and built with confidence using a spectacular combination of architecture, engineering and art.

"It is a young building, only 35 years old and the exemplar of 1960s retail design. It is credit to the designers, builders and engineers it has been listed so soon. The listing will give it a degree of protection that will allow designers to look at regeneration proposals that make best use of this unique and beautiful structure.

"This decision is also the foundation for looking at exciting regeneration plans for the surrounding area. We can now move on with a basis for design concepts that are based on the reality that Huddersfield has first rate architecture in the market hall, library and town hall. The provision of new retailing opportunities, library and arts provision, car parking and attractive, functional useful open urban spaces are essential for the continuing prosperity and well being of the town centre."

Huddersfield Gem co-founder Christopher Marsden said, "The listing decision was absolutely what we expected. All the statutory and interest groups consulted including; English Heritage, CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), and TACS (The Tiles and Ceramic Arts Society) supported listing."

  • 2003 Kirklees Metropolitan Council announced seven options to redevelop the area around the Huddersfield's 1940 library. Some of these options involved demolishing the Queensgate Market Hall and Huddersfield Library.
  • February 2004 The Twentieth Century Society applied for listing for the Huddersfield Library and Queensgate Market Hall.
  • 20 June 2004 Huddersfield Gem was established to promote the market hall.
  • 21 June 2004 The Twentieth Century Society published a list of very recent buildings it felt were threatened in some way. Up there along with airports, cinemas, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford and Battersea Power Station was Huddersfield Market Hall, the only building in Yorkshire to make the list.
  • 6 September 2004 Heritage Minister Andrew McIntosh announced that he intended to list the market hall at grade II but as it is a post-war building there would be three months of public consultation.
  • 26 November 2004 Public consultation ended.
  • 11 May 2005 David Lammy MP appointed Minister of Culture

Huddersfield Gem's aims include the study, promotion and ensuring the future of the Queensgate Market Hall building. Gem will work in partnership with other groups and organisations to identify the best options for the building and its users.
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