Site Visit: Huddersfield Railway Station, L&Y Railway Goods Warehouse

Today I revisited Huddersfield for the first time since Christmas to begin my site analysis. Although I have spent a significant part of my life within and traveling from this station, my perception of the place is  much different when having to stop to look (this is definitely something I should take note when designing!)

Huddersfield Railway Station was built in 1850 and designed in the neo-classical style by James Pigott Pritchett. It is well known for its portico constructed of six columns of Corinthian order facing into St George's Square. The station is Grade I listed.

My focus in this location to date has been on the reuse of the goods warehouse which sits behind the railway station. The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Goods Warehouse has been largely unused for as long as I can remember visiting the station. It was built in 1885 for the cost of £100,000 and at the time of construction was the largest warehouse in the country. Today it has had a complete roof refurbishment and the south face has a new entrance created to a series of office spaces. There is currently work planned by HD1 Developments to turn the entire warehouse into a series of offices and exhibition spaces. These were put on hold following the recession in 2007/8 but according to local news sources this has now continued (there was very little evidence of any work on-going whilst on site).

I am currently trying to arrange to get into the building and hope to return further into my fieldwork. This will allow me the time to inspect the building quality and its current state, whilst also thinking about how it could be incorporated into my design for a temporary Parliamentary chamber.

Below are the drawings for the office/exhibition scheme by Liverpool based studio Architectural Emporium for HD1 Developments Ltd.

Tom Ardron