VIP guests visiting Huddersfield for the Tour de France in July will encounter a town centre smothered in scaffolding.

Since the turn of the year, the historic George Hotel in St George’s Square has been covered in scaffolding.

More recently Tite’s building, just yards away, has undergone the same treatment and now the magnificent railway station, once praised by Sir John Betjeman as the most splendid in England, is also covered from top to bottom as is the neighbouring Head of Steam pub.

Head of Steam pub and Railway Station covered in scaffolding, St George's Square, Huddersfield.
 

Kirklees Council says the refurbishment scheme of the station will cost around £100,000.

It says the time estimated for completion is 15 weeks but the project will be suspended during the Tour de France.

Once this is over, work will resume on the right hand side of the station facade.

Former council leader, Mehboob Khan, said: “It’s important to maintain the upkeep of the ‘family silver’ in St George’s Square – the railway station.

“This is one of only two operational Grade I listed stations in the country.

George Hotel covered in scaffolding, St George's Square, Huddersfield.
 

“I hope visitors to the station during the Tour de France will be able to marvel and delight at the refurbishment of St George’s Square and the wonderful buildings which represent some of the finest Victorian architecture.”

The work to the façade is part of its asset maintenance program where council buildings are assessed and repaired on an ongoing basis.

The façade is Kirklees’ property and underwent a specialist masonry survey about 12 months ago to provide an up-to-date condition assessment.

The work now under way includes: cleaning and repairs to loose stonework; replacing netting to the heads of the colonnades; cutting out and replacing defective stonework with matching stone.

Once the high level works which require scaffold are complete, it is intended to carry out repairs to the stonework at lower levels.

These follow repairs a couple of years ago to the colonnade bases at the left hand side of the station entrance.

The council’s Conservation and Design department has been involved with the repair process to this listed building and the project is being led by the surveyors in the Asset Maintenance Office.

The contractor is Aura Conservation Ltd, which has experience of working on listed buildings.

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