Ambitious proposals to re-develop the central square to the University of Huddersfield’s Queensgate campus have been given the go ahead by Kirklees Council and work is well underway on site.
The project aims to revitalise the University Square, drawing on its role as a central external hub within the campus. Proposals focus on circulation across the busy space, whilst providing key focal points for events and informal seating. The planners particularly appreciated the flexibility of the Square and its potential to develop into a lively, exciting space. The development of the scheme considered a wide range of functions, both existing and future uses, including fairs, markets and even outdoor film screenings accessible to both students and the public. A key part of our design is flexibility – a range of bespoke granite podia will provide informal seating and stages for events whilst defining a clear identity for the square.
Being at the heart of an active campus, the project will be phased to limit disruption to the university, but the revitalised Square will be complete in time for the June 2016 Open Days.