Moving Huddersfield into the top retail rankings
This is a new build scheme designed from conception by WD who won a Local Authority Tender to develop this 300,000 net sq ft. town centre shopping complex, along with associated car parking. The scheme’s construction, funding, letting and opening were undertaken exclusively by WD.
Kingsgate opened in March 2002 and has become the prime retail location in Huddersfield, being anchored by well-known retail outlets that include House of Fraser, Next and high street names such as River Island, H&M, TopShop, New Look, Waterstones and TK Maxx.
Uniquely among the WD portfolio, Kingsgate is not owned with a joint venture partner but over 85% is owned by the directors themselves.
During 2011 WD undertook a £2 million redevelopment and roof expansion to enable the creation of a new H&M store adjacent to House of Fraser.
More recently Topshop has relocated to Kingsgate from the town centre following the trend started by other major retailers including C&J Clark, consolidating and reinforcing Kingsgate as the Centre of Huddersfield and, with a CACI market potential score of 59, a top 100 location.
A 50,000 sq ft. Kingsgate leisure extension is proposed.