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Letter: Mailbag - Concrete for the Sculpture Park?

Byline: MATTHEW SHAW

THE headline "Revival plan would 'butcher' market"

(Examiner June 11) revealed that Huddersfield Gem are unhappy that the Kirklees pounds 200m regeneration plan would involve knocking down part of the Queensgate Market. However, the future of this concrete wonder seems secure now that it has listed status.

I firmly believe that the listing of the Queensgate Market was the wrong one for Huddersfield. I've stood and gazed up at "the mushroom-like hyperbolic paraboloid shells." What you see is a vast dirty concrete void. I think I'll contact The Concrete Society, who in November last year awarded it the coveted Certificate of Excellence For a Mature Structure. Maybe they can explain to me what there is to get excited about, because frankly, I don't get it.

Undoubtedly, Huddersfield is a wonderful town, but sadly certain parts of it still resemble weird 1960s utopian visions of urban concrete, which are now dated, discredited and in urgent need of improvement.

Our town owes its handsome and distinctive reputation to stone, locally quarried proper sandstone.

Concrete belongs in Milton Keynes not Huddersfield.

For those wanting to preserve Huddersfield's finest, I urge them to survey the disheartening scene in Aspley, where a derelict Victorian crescented terrace seems to have been left to fall down on its own.

As for the hyperbolic paraboloids, maybe they should have been re-planted in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where people couldmake their own minds up about them.

MATTHEW SHAW Golcar
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jun 17, 2008
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