New lock gates to be installed at Huddersfield’s Waterfront

New lock gates are to be installed on Tuesday February 14 at The Waterfront in Huddersfield.

The gates are for a new lock which is being constructed on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Chapel Hill which will form part of works to lift water in the canal which previously ran in a tunnel beneath Sellers Engineers Ltd.

The improvements have been arranged by Kirklees Council under licence from British Waterways and will also include a new landing stage and passing place for boats. The canal works will be completed by the end of March.

The new lock gates have been built by Hargreaves Lock Gates of Halifax to a design by British Waterways and the main contractor for the canal works is Clugston Construction Ltd of Leeds. The gates will be installed by Hargreaves.

The improved canal will form the centrepiece of future commercial development at The Waterfront and is a joint project between the council and the former regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward.

Cllr Peter McBride, Cabinet member for Regeneration, said: “The work taking place on the canal will enhance The Waterfront scheme as a whole by improving the environment and enhancing the look and feel of the area, and help to attract developers and occupiers to the site.”

The Waterfront scheme covers 1.3 hectares and has outline planning permission for four buildings with total floor space of up to 18,100 sq m including offices, retail units and a crèche.