One of the biggest scaffolding constructions ever seen in Huddersfield is under way.

Contractors are erecting a giant shroud of steel and wood around Huddersfield Town Hall.

It’s to enable essential repair work to get under way on the roof of the historic building, particularly above the concert hall.

Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra playing in Huddersfield Town Hall
Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra playing in Huddersfield Town Hall

But the scaffolding itself, soaring high above the building, is almost a work of art in itself.

The contractors have shaped the scaffolding platforms around the contours of the building.

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The essential repairs will mean the major concert hall at Huddersfield Town Hall is closed for 20 weeks.

Kirklees town halls manager David Roche confirmed the work was needed some months ago and said: “It has been established that the roof over the concert hall is in need of essential work to protect the future of the buildings to ensure it stays wind and water tight.

Scaffolding for roof repairs at Huddersfield Town Hall.

“We don’t want the roof to affect the overall fabric of the building – the concert hall ceiling with its ornate features or the Father Willis organ – and to ensure health and safety is maintained we need to do this work.

“It is about preserving this asset and making sure the concert hall is protected in the future. It only affects the concert hall – other than that it’s business as usual at the town hall.”

Kirklees Council have suspended parking in streets around the Hall to allow easier access for the contractors and their vehicles.

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