Huddersfield’s Queensgate Market Hall is 40

April 5, 2010
Ceramic sculpture in the Market Hall

Interior sculpture

Tomorrow the architectural wonder of Kirklees, West Yorkshire celebrates its 40th birthday. It’s Queensgate Market Hall in the centre of Huddersfield. This unique building is an expression of geometric genius. It’s ”roofed with 21 free – standing asymmetric hyperbolic paraboloid shells”. It is also a ceramic giant with what is probably “the world’s largest ceramic sculpture”. A combination of distinguished architecture and art.

Councillor Julie Stewart-Turner, the Mayor of Kirklees, will unveil a commemorative plaque and blow out the candles on a birthday cake in the Market Hall at 2.30 pm tomorrow April 6th.

Architectural wonders are often reserved for metropolitan elites.

In contrast, the Market Hall is used by a wide range of people in Huddersfield.

Market Hall at night

Night scene

Its many market stalls and market shops have served the town with fresh produce and a wide range of goods for 40 years. The market is still popular with the market traders and their customers.

Local communities are grateful for the work of Huddersfield Gem, a local heritage group, which has done a lot to promote the preservation of the Market Hall in recent years.

Here’s a link to two impressive fly-through architect’s animations of the Market Hall.

Market Hall 1973 photo

Photo taken in 1973