Kirklees posts £63m FM contract for Huddersfield town regen

Kirklees Council has alerted firms to a £62.5m facilities management (FM) contract as part of a wider project to revamp Huddersfield town centre.

The tender, published on 15 August, requests an “experienced and qualified commercial operator” to “manage a new venue” being developed by the council as part of its Huddersfield Cultural Heart programme.

The wider project, now estimated at £210m by the local authority, aims to deliver vibrant culture, art, leisure and nightlife in addition to encouraging businesses into the area, making it a better place to live and improving access to public places.

Construction News reported earlier this year that the Yorkshire council was looking to appoint two main contractors to carry out parts of the regeneration works.

The second phase of public consultation on the proposals was also launched by Kirklees Council this week as it seeks feedback from on the plans. The consultation will run until 14 September.

A total of 63 per cent of respondents during the first phase of the consultation said they supported the plans for the Cultural Heart project.

The facilities management contract is one of three major deals being tendered in the region. The other tenders include the principal contractor deals for Zone 1 and Zone 2.

The initial contracts for work on the zones will be for pre-construction works, with future agreements about phased construction work.

Zone 2 is the largest contract of the three, valued at £105m. It includes the design and build of the Huddersfield library, gallery, museum, food hall and the urban park.

Zone 1 includes the design and build of a 2,200 capacity multi-purpose entertainment venue and a multi-storey car park with capacity for 350 vehicles. It is worth £60m.

The regeneration programme is part of the Huddersfield Blueprint, a 10 year vision to modernise the town’s central region, referred to as the piazza.

Firms interested in taking on the FM contract have until 14 September at 12pm to make this known to the council.

Kirklees Council was approached for comment.

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