Works on New Street continue as part of the Huddersfield Blueprint plans with the installation of new planters, designed and created by an artist specifically for the space.

New Street is set to become a ‘garden street’, filled with social green areas and planting complete with integrated seating and artwork.

This week vertical planters are being installed which will allow plants to grow upwards to create tree-like structures, whilst ensuring copious space for additional use along the street.  These planters, as well as the recently completed granite flowerbeds which have already been installed on New Street, are set to be filled with seasonal foliage next month.

These three elegant pieces of public art, that have been developed by artist Tim Ward from ‘Circling the Square’, stand at 12 metres tall and though they have a similar overall style, each has their own distinct theme.

Constructed from steel, the first planter’s theme is Contours, with the lattice structure representing the contours and topography of Huddersfield. The second’s theme is Waterways and the third is Commerce, with the structure created to look like threads representing the rich textile history of the area.

Councillor Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Growth & Regeneration, said:

“It’s great to see work continue on New Street with the addition of these planters specifically designed for the area by artist Tim Ward.

“Not only are these planters going to add some greenery to our town centres, but they also bring with them art and culture which will only be celebrated further with the embossed poem by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage.

“Through the Huddersfield Blueprint, the development of New Street is bringing a new energy to the town centre that will both increase footfall and, in turn, generate business growth.”