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||| Press Release 4 August 2005 |||
Huddersfield Gem welcomes the grade II listing of Huddersfield’s 1970 Queensgate Market Hall.
Today’s news of Huddersfield Queensgate Market Hall's grade II listing was expected but exciting says Huddersfield Gem, an independent community non-political group that is interested in ensuring the future of the Queensgate Market Hall.
Gem co-founder and architect Adrian Evans said, "Queensgate Market was designed and built with confidence using a spectacular combination of architecture, engineering and art.
"It is a young building, only 35 years old and the exemplar of 1960s retail design. It is credit to the designers, builders and engineers it has been listed so soon. The listing will give it a degree of protection that will allow designers to look at regeneration proposals that make best use of this unique and beautiful structure.
"This decision is also the foundation for looking at exciting regeneration plans for the surrounding area. We can now move on with a basis for design concepts that are based on the reality that Huddersfield has first rate architecture in the market hall, library and town hall. The provision of new retailing opportunities, library and arts provision, car parking and attractive, functional useful open urban spaces are essential for the continuing prosperity and well being of the town centre."
Huddersfield Gem co-founder Christopher Marsden said, "The listing decision was absolutely what we expected. All the statutory and interest groups consulted including; English Heritage, CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), and TACS (The Tiles and Ceramic Arts Society) supported listing."
Huddersfield Gem's aims include the study, promotion 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.