Saturday, July 11, 2020

First scheme of £250m Huddersfield town centre masterplan begins

Redevelopment of the iconic long-disused Cooperative building – now known as ‘Renaissance Works’ – in Huddersfield is officially underway.

SKA Developments has officially commenced its work on the massive town-centre site, which represents the first stage of Kirklees Council’s ambitious Huddersfield blueprint, which was launched in June 2019.

The building, which has stood empty for more than two decades and suffered from years of neglect – last used as the town’s Heaven and Hell nightclub before the turn of the Millennium – will now be transformed into high-end student accommodation through 135 bedrooms across 75 student apartments.

SKA Developments, based in Huddersfield town centre, has received a loan from Kirklees Council Property Investment Fund (PFI), to support the refurbishment.

The investment will allow works to transform the derelict building into a grand, vibrant and thriving community for the town centre. Its redevelopment is an important step forward in delivering the first stage of the council’s blueprint – supporting the vision to create a thriving, modern-day town centre.

Zeb Pervaiz, SKA Developments’ Director, said: “The redevelopment of this iconic building is an important step forward into supporting Kirklees council’s vision and enables us to give back to the city region’s economy. This project will be one that the whole town can be proud of.”

Cllr Peter McBride Cabinet Member for Economy added: “The project creates an exciting opportunity to bring this once neglected building back to life, and supports the council’s vision to create a thriving, modern-day town centre. This is further proof of our commitment to bring the Blueprint vision to life.

“The site is situated at a key gateway to the city, benefitting from its location close to main arterial routes, just minutes from the railway station and close to the town’s world-class education facilities.”

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