The Media Centre, based at Northumberland Street, was unanimously chosen by judges as winner of the Regeneration Award, sponsored by Eddisons chartered surveyors – recognising its success in turning derelict buildings in the town centre into a home for start-ups and small firms in the creative, digital and media sector.
The Media Centre has more than 120 office units and 21 live-work studios for tenant firms – as well as “virtual offices” for more than 120 other companies. It also provides business support and meeting rooms.
Last summer, the Queen opened one of Yorkshire’s “greenest” buildings to create a further 52 workspaces for the Media Centre. The £5m glass-clad five storey building at Friendly Street is one of the first of its size in the UK to feature a double-skin frame, creating a unique heating and cooling system designed to minimise carbon emissions.
The Centre’s Emma Dyson said: “We are all thrilled to get this award. We have been working towards this for the past 12 years and we are proud to have played a role in the regeneration of Huddersfield, as well as helping 50 businesses.”