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Huddersfield’s Queensgate Market Hall wins top award

Queensgate Market Hall has been awarded the highest honour of the Concrete Society. The 1970 building has been awarded the society’s prestigious Certificate of Excellence for a mature structure (1).

At a gala awards dinner in Mayfair on Friday 2 November the society's president announced that, "The 21 hyperbolic concrete shells of the Queensgate Market Hall in Huddersfield are iconic in their structural form.

"In many ways the method of construction was significant and the forerunner to several other structures.

"In the opinion of the judges, Queensgate Market Hall is a remarkable and splendid building in very good condition."

Huddersfield Gem co-founder and architect, Adrian Evans who entered the building for the award said, "Queensgate Market was designed and built with confidence using a spectacular combination of architecture, engineering and art.

"It is the exemplar of 1960's retail design. It is credit to the designers, builders and engineers that their work has been recognised by a construction industry 'Oscar'.

"The building was listed when it was just 35 years old and now it has been recognised as the very best concrete construction after 37 years. It is an amazing achievement and the first ever Concrete Society award for West Yorkshire.

"It is of great concern that the owners, Kirklees Council propose to demolish over 1/3 of the building in order to build a shopping mall. It is time that the unique qualities of the building are recognised and due care be given to ensure that it is preserved and developed sensitively.

"All the stakeholders should look for regeneration proposals that celebrate and make best use of this unique and beautiful structure. The significance of the listed building includes the internal and external sculptures, the uninterrupted suspended glazing and the fantastic shell roofs."

At the awards excellence certificates were presented by Brian Blessed to Cllr Kenneth Sims, Kirklees Council (owners); Mrs Sheila Roberts, widow of Gwyn Roberts on behalf of Seymour Harris Architecture (project architects) and Mr Joe Nicholls formerly of Leonard and Partners (project engineers) at the awards.

Notes for editors
  1. The award is for structures over 25 years of age which have sustained the test of time and are judged worthy of recognition.
    The judging criteria were:
    • Function suitability
    • Visual appearance and harmony with its surroundings
    • Properties of concrete exploited in the design
    • Innovative use of concrete in composition, structure or form
    • Integration of structure and service
    • Value for money.
    The only other recipient of the award in 2007 is London Bridge.

    The judges were: Prof Peter Robery, President of the Concrete Society (chair of judges); Michael G T Dickson CBE BA MSc FREng FIStructE FICE HonFRIBA FRSA; President of the Institute of Structural Engineers 2005-6; Mr David Orr Senior Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers; Mr Martin Powell CEO, The Concrete Society; Mr Peter Goring BA MScEng CEng, Immediate Past President of the Concrete Society; Ms Ruth Slavin, Editor AJ Specification, Architects Journal and Mr Richard Saxon Senior Vice President, RIBA.
  2. For more information, market hall photos and membership enquires for Huddersfield Gem please contact Christopher Marsden:
  3. For more information on the Concrete Society Awards please contact Carol Wood at the Concrete Society:
    Tel: 01276 607140 Email: Website:

Huddersfield Gem aims to study, promote and ensure the future of the Queensgate Market Hall and the Huddersfield Co-operative extension. Gem will work in partnership with other groups and organisations to identify the best options for the buildings and users.
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