Today, the Kirklees Council Planning Committee granted approval for a £20 million refurbishment of the iconic George Hotel in Huddersfield. The hotel will be operated by Radisson RED, renowned for its stylish interiors and vibrant bars. This development forms a crucial part of the ambitious Huddersfield Blueprint, a ten-year vision aimed at revitalising the town centre and creating a diverse and enticing destination.
The George Hotel, situated adjacent to Huddersfield Railway Station, holds great historical significance as the first building on St George’s Square since its establishment in 1851. Recognising its value, the Grade II* Listed building was acquired by local authorities in March 2020, as part of a long-term regeneration program to secure its future.
The approved plans envision a contemporary and fashionable hotel, spanning a basement, ground floor, and four upper levels. While the original building’s exterior facing St George’s Square will be meticulously restored, the internal structures behind it will be replaced with a new design. Additionally, a three-story block facing the train station, deemed historically unimportant and in a state of disrepair, will be dismantled and replaced by a sympathetic structure of similar size and aesthetic.
The revamped George Hotel will feature 91 boutique rooms, with Radisson RED infusing its distinctive style and character into the establishment. The ground floor will house a reception lobby, lounge, and an inviting 70-seat restaurant and bar. A spacious conference-style room will be available for hire, catering to business events, while the lower ground floor will accommodate a 100-cover banqueting suite suitable for receptions and weddings.
Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Today is a significant milestone for the George Hotel, and we’re delighted to have secured an exciting and long-term future for it. Huddersfield town centre has long needed a high-quality hotel, and Radisson RED is a stand-out international hotel brand known for its eye-catching style and excellent customer service.”
Emphasising the economic benefits, Councillor Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, added, “Our goal from the outset has been to do this historic building justice, not just as a key part of Huddersfield’s heritage but also as a major economic driver in the town. I’m thrilled that our plans have been approved.”
Radisson RED’s Vice President, Business Development UK & Ireland, Adela Cristea, expressed pride in expanding their presence in the UK with this remarkable project, stating, “We’re delighted to partner with Kirklees Council and bring a new chapter to one of Huddersfield’s most iconic buildings by introducing the bold and vibrant brand to the town.”
Morgan Sindall has been appointed as the contractor for the pre-contract service agreement, and they will work on further designs in the upcoming months. Queensberry will serve as the project’s development manager, while Bowman Riley will provide architectural and heritage advisory services.
Ben Hall, Yorkshire Area Director for Morgan Sindall Construction, expressed excitement about their involvement, stating, “We’re thrilled to have been appointed to work on what will be a significant new addition to the town. Our business has strong local connections with Huddersfield, having completed many projects here over the years, and we look forward to helping grow the local economy and bring a skills boost to the area through our work on this fabulous new hotel.”
Andrew Davison, Project Director at Queensberry, added, “We are extremely pleased with today’s positive outcome. The building has significant history, and this sympathetic redevelopment will secure its long-term future while also acting as a catalyst for wider investment and regeneration in the great town of Huddersfield. The Radisson brand is a very fitting custodian to maintain this wonderful asset, and we’re sure both locals and visitors to Huddersfield will enjoy it.”
The renovation of the George Hotel marks an exciting chapter in Huddersfield’s journey towards becoming a thriving town centre, attracting tourism and boosting business opportunities. With the refurbishment plans approved, the vision for a vibrant and diverse destination is one step closer to realisation.