Premier League promotion isn't the only thing going on in Huddersfield this year. A massive leisure complex is expected to encircle John Smith's Stadium by 2020, including a modern ski slope.
Play-offs brought the long-desired rising to Premier League level but Huddersfield Town FC have more exciting news aournd them. Quite literally around them because a plan is in place to increase number of visitors from the current 1.5 million (largely on matchdays) to 4 million per year!
The plan's name, HD1, may seem enigmatic so let's break it down: south, west and north sides of John Smith's Stadium will be sourrounded by a number of buildings and uses, including two pavilions with 23,000 m2 of retail and leisure outlets (including bowling and trampoline park).
HD1 will be built almost solely on current parking sites around the Huddersfield stadium while new parking will be centered around one multi-level complex with a total of 1,800-vehicle capacity.
Beside the parking site a 150-bed hotel is expected. The 4-star hotel already has Radisson selected as its operator and it's likely to be one of the first elements of HD1 to be delivered.
However, the most anticipated one is surely the ski slope. This modern facility will actually span from a natural hill onto the roof of one of the pavilions. It should put more life into the area during less attractive winter season, possibly as soon as 2020. With works expected to start soon the entire complex should be ready by the end of this decade.
Altogether the project is expected to cost £70 million (€80m), with the hotel itself estimated at 13 million. Funding is coming from multiple private sources, though local authorities have signed a loan to aid HD1.