Huddersfield landmark gets a new lease of life

A Huddersfield landmark is getting a new lease of life.

Workmen are busy turning the former Palace Theatre and nightclub into student accommodation.

But the historic facade of the building in Kirkgate is set to be preserved in the new design, according to artists’ impressions of the scheme.

The remainder of the building is being demolished and will be used to create 110 studios for University of Huddersfield students.

The scheme is expected to be completed in the summer.

The man behind Palace Studios is Huddersfield businessman Simmy Sekhon, who took over the former theatre and nightclub more than two years ago.

Kirkgate Construction

In its heyday as a theatre, the building attracted any big-name stars to Huddersfield. The Palace Theatre on the corner of Venn Street and Kirkgate was built in 1909 and hosted top acts, including Harry Houdini. Much of the theatre burned down in 1936 but was rebuilt the following year.

It became the Palace Casino in 1962, Palace Bingo Hall in 1978, Chicago Rock Cafe in 1998 and finally the Society nightclub. Kirklees Council gave approval for the apartments scheme in 2012 after the building had been closed for years.

The Palace Studios will feature apartments with a bedroom and living space, a kitchen and a bathroom. Each will be fitted with LCD televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi, double beds, luxury en-suite bathrooms and fully integrated kitchens including washer/dryers.

Students will pay from £140 per week for the flats.

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