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More happening and more market makers coming to Queensgate Market's big day on September 6th.

Huddersfield's landmark Queensgate Market building will be at the centre of attention at "Meet the Market Makers" on Monday September 6th.

Organisers Huddersfield Gem, are pleased to announce that;
  • John D Bloomer of Kidderminster, former senior architect and member of the J Seymour Harris Partnership market hall project team in the mid and late 1960's;
  • Arthur Paul of Fernside, Huddersfield, steel erector for the market hall and with Rom River Reinforcements Ltd for 23 years;
    will both be joining
  • Martin Wainwright, Northern Editor of the Guardian newspaper who is the meeting's chair.
Early image from Graham Chaplins computer model of Queensgate Market
Early image from Graham Chaplin's computer model of Queensgate Market
In addition, Huddersfield University Student Graham Chaplin (MSC Interactive Multimedia Production) of Golcar, Huddersfield will unveil his interactive computer model of the Queensgate Market Hall at Meet the Market Makers.

Graham says "The work will allow the viewer to walk or even fly through the building without the stalls blocking the view of the building itself. Even in prototype it has given people a real surprise at just how exciting the hall is".

"This technology is new, nothing like this was available to the hall's designers. I am looking forward to their reactions when they see it".

Market makers visiting Huddersfield on the 6th already announced are;
  • from Staffordshire, Partner Architect Kenneth Wood, formerly of the J Seymour Harris Partnership, Birmingham;
  • from Germany; Sculptor, Fritz Steller, the artist of the interior metal and exterior ceramic sculptures;
  • from London; the hall's resident engineer, Colin Prior, formerly of Leonard & Partners of Croydon, who supervised the construction of the freestanding asymmetric hyperbolic paraboloids;
  • from Yorkshire; glazing designers, Les Ratcliff & Malcolm Dobson formerly of Heywood Williams of Huddersfield.
Adrian Evans of Huddersfield Gem said "We are all delighted that two more of the market makers are able to come to day and that Martin Wainwright has agreed to be the chair the meeting. Martin is interested in Huddersfield as an observer and chronicler but as an outsider he doesn't have a stake in the town and remains independent."

Another early image from the computer model of Queensgate Market
Another early image from the computer model of Queensgate Market
"This is a very special day for a very special building. Because all the people who worked here in the 1960s who we have traced in the last few months are coming back for to honour the building when it is at risk, we know they think it is special too"

At 7.00 pm there will be a presentations from the people that designed and built the market hall at: Meet the market makers: the history and future of Queensgate market: a discussion and debate to look at the building's design, features, problems and possibilities.

All are welcome at the Canalside East Lecture Theatre, ground floor of Canalside East Building, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate Campus. It is a free event.

The event is organised by Huddersfield Gem with thanks to the Huddersfield Society of Architects and the School of Architecture, University of Huddersfield

Details of events on the day and updates will be posted on this website.

Huddersfield Gem can be emailed at

Media interviews and photo calls with the market makers can be arranged to be held during day on Monday 6 September.

Meet the Market Makers
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||| Find out more about the event in our previous press release |||


Download a Meet the Market Makers A4 poster [PDF 491kb].

Notes for editors

We can now offer portraits of Mr Bloomer, Mr Dobson and Mr Wood. Many other photos from 1960s, 1970s and 2004 are available.
For further information and pictures please contact Christopher Marsden:
  1. Kirklees Metropolitan Council is considering seven options to redevelop the area around the Huddersfield's 1930's library. Some of these options involve demolishing the Queensgate Market Hall.
  2. The market hall is currently being considered by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport for listing because of historic or architectural interest.
  3. Huddersfield Gem aims include the study, promotion of interest in 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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