Saturday, September 19, 2020

Transformative plans for Huddersfield waterfront set for MIPIM

Ska Developments is set to unveil its transformative vision for Huddersfield’s waterfront quarter at the MIPIM conference in France next week.

The Greater Waterfront Quarter proposals aim to regenerate a “long-neglected urban environment into a community of people and businesses”.

Plans include an extensive mixed-use development, which helps to celebrate the natural environment, and connect the town centre to the waterfront quarter.

The vision sets out provision for housing, business, artisan shops, leisure facilities, community attractions and a health centre.

The buildings could be 8-15 stories high on the waterfront extremity of the site, with 3-5 storey building on the St. Thomas’ Road side.

Zeb Pervaiz, SKA Developments’ MD, said: “Our vision for the Greater Waterfront Quarter has been years in the planning, and we’ve worked closely with our partners, Kirklees Council and the Leeds City Region to design a scheme that will be both remarkable and truly transformational.

“Huddersfield has undergone a renaissance, and our exciting plans for the Greater Waterfront Quarter seek to capitalise on the good work already undertaken, and planned in the future for the Kirklees Region.

“The waterfront in Huddersfield is a long under-utilised asset, and through the creation of a village with the River Colne and the Canal at its heart, we hope to create something very special.

“We’re attending MIPIM to look for partners to help us deliver this exciting project and unlock potential funding that can realise returns as early as 2022.”

Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, which co-ordinates the City Region’s presence at MIPIM, said: “This year we will use MIPIM, arguably one of the most important international economic development conferences, as a springboard to invite the world to discover the huge opportunities in Leeds City Region, and this project epitomises the strength and vision we have on offer.

“I am very impressed with the plans for the Greater Waterfront Quarter and the energy and vision of SKA Developments, which will be fundamental in helping to bring this development to life.”

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