Huddersfield leisure development opening date pushed back to next year

How Kingsgate could look when the new leisure scheme is completed
-Credit: (Image: Covell Matthews)

Huddersfield will be waiting for a new cinema and leisure complex longer than first thought as the opening date of Kingsgate Leisure has been pushed back.

The complex will be situated in Huddersfield’s former House of Fraser store which is currently undergoing a dramatic transformation. Once work is complete, it will be operated by The Light and feature six cinema screens, 10 bowling lanes along with new restaurants and other leisure activities.

Kingsgate Leisure was expected to open this September but The Light has confirmed today (June 7) that it is still “early in the build process” and looking to open around Easter next year.

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Work on the town’s new leisure offering began in March last year, with Kirklees Council saying the plans were bringing “ambition” to Huddersfield town centre.

Speaking last March, Cllr Graham Turner said: "We are committed to helping businesses thrive in Kirklees and I am delighted that the council has worked very closely with WD Kingsgate to help them to deliver this scheme.

“Kingsgate is a key destination within the town centre, and the redevelopment will complement the existing shops and become an important family-friendly leisure destination.

“The developer’s vision for the project is in line with our own Blueprint ambitions for the town centre and will help create the perfect mix of retail, culture and leisure.”

First look inside Kingsgate Leisure cinema complex
First look inside Kingsgate Leisure cinema complex -Credit:Kingsgate Shopping Centre

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