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Ideas for Queensgate quarter go on show.

CHILDREN have had their say on the future of how Huddersfield Huddersfield, city (1991 pop. 147,825), Kirklees metropolitan district, N central England, on the Colne River. Its textile industry, including cotton, woolen, and rayon goods, is important. Other products are machinery, iron goods, chemicals, and dyed fabrics.  town centre should look.

Pupils from five Huddersfield schools joined forces with architecture students from Huddersfield University to come up with designs for the Queensgate area of town.

The designs have gone on show at Huddersfield Art Gallery.

The students worked with pupils from Moorlands Junior School, Birkby Junior School, Royds Hall High School, Honley High and Almondbury High.

They began working on the designs last September after being asked to take part by Kirklees Council's regeneration Regeneration (biology)

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 development service and Loca, the council's arts and regeneration agency.

The challenge was to come up with ideas for the Piazza piazza

Open square or marketplace, surrounded by buildings, in an Italian town or city. It was equivalent to the plaza of Spanish-speaking countries. The term became more widely used in the 16th–18th century, denoting any large open space with buildings around it.
 and pedestrianised areas around New Street.

Council discussions about how to develop the Queensgate area have been under way for several years and options were put forward.

But the credit crunch Credit Crunch

An economic condition whereby investment capital is difficult to obtain. Banks and investors become weary of lending funds to corporations thereby driving up the price of debt products for borrowers.
 and recession has led to a delay in decisions about the future of the project.

Clr Christine Stanfield, Kirklees Council cabinet member for regeneration, said the input from young people would give designers something to think about should work finally go ahead..

"The project has given rise to a host of exciting ideas which ought to be inspiring for any architect or designer who is thinking about our public spaces.

"The young people's ideas are fresh, imaginative and lively and the presentation gives them a really professional finish.

"It would be wonderful to think that some of these young people's visions could be realised in years to come, so that as adults they are able to look back and see evidence of their creative input around the town." Students and pupils were given ideas at a launch day at the art gallery last autumn and, since then, have worked in groups on design sessions led by artists Antonia Stowe and Dawn Sharkey.

These sessions gave the architecture students first-hand experience of running practical workshops.

The groups looked at public art, the design of public spaces, materials and parts of Huddersfield's heritage that could provide inspiration.

They came up with ideas for paving, seating, lighting, sculpture and produced a 3D model of their designs.

The models and designs will be displayed at the gallery until July 25, alongside a film presenting a flythrough animation.

The exhibition will be open from 10am to 5pm Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and is closed Sundays. Admission is free..


DESIGNS: Pupils from Honley High School Honley High School is a secondary school situated on the edge of the village of Honley in the Holme Valley, West Yorkshire, England. The catchment area is the neighbouring villages of Brockholes, Honley and Meltham. Honley High has around 1,250 pupils aged 11-16.  and Clr Christine Stanfield (right) at the Queensgate exhibition
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 30, 2009
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