Huddersfield’s George Hotel will be ruined by extension say objectors

Controversial new extensions will ruin the way Huddersfield town centre[1]‘s George Hotel looks it has been claimed.

The influential Victorian Society has hit out at radical plans to knock down two wings of the landmark Grade II listed building in St George’s Square[2] to add new extensions on. Kirklees Council[3] is applying for Listed Building Consent for partial demolition of the George to renovate it into a high-quality hotel that will be operated by the Radisson Hotel Group.

The £20m project would increase the number of bedrooms from 60 to 91 – the number of bedrooms experts have advised the council is needed to make the hotel a viable business. It would also have conference space, a bar, and a restaurant.

The ground floor could house a lounge, 70-seater restaurant and bar along with a large conference-style room. The lower ground floor will provide a 100-cover banqueting suite for business events, receptions and weddings.

The George Hotel as it looked in April 2023
The George Hotel as it looked in April 2023

But conservation adviser Guy Newton from the society has concerns, especially about the new wing proposed next to the railway station. He says: “Our principal concerns are the lack of a convincing justification for the demolition and the proposed extension’s inappropriate design for a very prominent and historically significant location beside the Grade I listed Huddersfield Station.”

The northwest wing was constructed in 1874 as a service area containing a kitchen and laundry with further staff accommodation added in 1963. Mr Newton said: “The chimney and exterior walls positively add to the almost exclusively 19th century-built environment, in particular the setting of the Grade I listed station building.

“The justification for the full demolition of this wing is primarily based on the client’s minimum requirements for bedrooms which is more than 90. Up to 79 to 85 rooms could be achieved without the large scale of proposed demolition. Falling short by five bedrooms across the site would not make the hotel financially unviable, but the large scale of demolition would cause less than substantial harm to the Huddersfield Conservation Area and substantial harm to the historic and architectural significance of the George Hotel.”

The Victorian Society is also against the east wing being demolished and replaced. Mr Newton said: “The east wing facing onto John William Street was also constructed in 1874 and contained a large dining room, billiards room and bedrooms above. The exterior seamlessly extends the Italianate classical design of the main building.


  1. ^ Huddersfield town centre (
  2. ^ St George’s Square (
  3. ^ Kirklees Council (
  4. ^ True story of Raoul Moat, what happened to him, six hour police standoff and death (
  5. ^ Huddersfield Civic Society (
  6. ^ Huddersfield Railway Station (
  7. ^ here (

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