Huddersfield's Waterfront Project Could Create 1,000 Jobs

Huddersfield’s new Waterfront scheme could bring up to 1,000 jobs, according to a Kirklees councillor.

Yorkshire business leaders and investment specialists met in Huddersfield for the launch of commercial development land at the town’s new The Waterfront, Huddersfield.

They included Neil McLean, chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership – the organisation leading discussions about investment and the economy across the region.

Delegates heard how a recent multi-million pound refurbishment of the canal and the installation of a brand new lock, plus extensive landscaping, have transformed this once overlooked part of the town, making it one of the most attractive and sustainable waterside development opportunities in the region.

They were also among the first narrow boat passengers to take a trip through the newly unveiled canal and lock, which is set to become the centrepiece of an impressive public square which will grace the development on completion.

Mehboob Khan, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “Together with our partners, we have made a significant commitment and investment here at The Waterfront Huddersfield, because we believe the town has a major part to play in the economic future of the wider region.

“Once complete, this development not only has the potential to sustain up to 1,000 jobs for local people, it will also provide a platform for business which complements and is a viable alternative to city centre operations.

Agents GVA on behalf of Kirklees Council are marketing the new Waterfront.

Matthew Tootell, GVA’s director of national markets, said: “The development has already attracted significant enquiries from a range of interested parties, with scope across the scheme for a range of uses including offices, hotel accommodation, leisure, retail and car parking.

“The development already has its first occupant in Kirklees College, and is a neighbour to the very successful and fully-let Folly Hall. The fact that there is an existing community right on the doorstep, together with the high quality public areas planned to take full advantage of the waterside location, makes the site a particularly attractive development proposition.”