Sweco were commissioned by Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council to redesign St. George’s Square in Huddersfield town centre as part of the Yorkshire Forward Urban Renaissance Programme.
Client: Kirklees Council
Sweco produced the winning design for the redevelopment of St George’s Square in Huddersfield town centre. Six companies were invited to pitch for the project, with 3 schemes put forward to public vote. Sweco’s design won 67% of the vote.
The design involved the rerouting of Railway Street to create a large pedestrian area which is now a centrepiece for the town. Sweco looked to the strong architectural heritage of the area to create a scheme inspired by history but contemporary in detail and style.
The design is flexible to accommodate outdoor events and movement through the space for pedestrians, taxis and buses. Seating areas located adjacent to buildings encourage people to spend time in the square. In addition, Huddersfield railway station has been enhanced by a new fountain that changes at different times of the day. The existing statue of Harold Wilson was moved and given pride of place in the centre of the square.
The scheme was awarded the RIBA White Rose Landscape award for 2010.