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The Market Hall at night

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Huddersfield Queensgate Market Hall

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||| Christopher R Marsden ||| History of Queensgate Market |||
||| Huddersfield Gem ||| Press release 29.03.2010. Huddersfield's Queensgate Market Hall is 40! |||
||| Huddersfield Gem ||| Press release 03.02.2009. Huddersfield Market is Building of the Month |||
||| Huddersfield Gem ||| Press release 01.10.2008. Queensgate Revival - Threat or Solution? - Your chance to find out |||
||| Huddersfield Gem ||| Press release 05.08.2008. English Heritage rubbishes Queensgate Revival proposal |||

Hypars at night from the ringroad

"Huddersfield's Queensgate Market is the best surviving example of a retail market from the 1960s and 1970s. It is an imaginative structure that combines innovative technology of its time to produce a dramatic space full of natural light with the striking focal point of the roof."
- Culture Minister David Lammy

3d model of Queensgate Market Hall interior
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Huddersfield's Queensgate Market is a spectacular combination of architecture, engineering and art.

Queensgate Market is said by English Heritage to be the best surviving example of a retail market from the 1960s and 70s, a key exemplar of a building type that is currently under particular threat. Its imaginative structure combines light-weight concrete technology with innovations in patent glazing to produce a dramatic space full of natural lighting. The striking roof structure is made of 21 deliberately asymmetric hyperbolic paraboloid shells, each supported by a single free-standing column of differing heights. The exterior of the building makes aesthetically pleasing use of natural stone with exposed concrete and nine relief panels all individually sculpted by the artist Fritz Steller.

Huddersfield Gem is a community group that was originally brought together by this threat. Gem aims to study, promote and ensure 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.

The Market Hall roof

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Detail of one of the sculptures
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