Northern Powerhouse Gets Innovation Hub

The Globe Slaithwaite

A major redevelopment, inspired, conceived and developed by The Hartley Group, has been completed. This is part of the strategy to regenerate Hartley's historic industrial investment in Yorkshire.

The company plans to be part of the Northern Powerhouse initiative. As part of the strategy, Hartley has  transformed The Globe in the village of Slaithwaite (and one of Kirklees’ most valued landmark buildings).

The new Globe Innovation Centre has 80,000sq.ft of space available from May 2021. It is a partnership between Hartley Property Trust, 3M, The University of Huddersfield and Kirklees Council. The parties have invested more than £5 million.

The Centre has seen five floors renovated in the first of two significant buildings that were originally built in 1887 for textiles production. The sympathetic renovation is impressive, retaining the industrial heritage but providing high specification, contemporary styled business space with superfast connectivity and IT facilities and 168 on site car parking spaces.

Features include the historic exposed timber floors and brickwork in open plan rooms flooded with light, exposed beam ceilings.



The Globe commands an impressive canal-side position in the centre of Slaithwaite which is one of the most picturesque villages in the Colne Valley. It is located on the main A62 trunk road linking Huddersfield with Manchester with direct rail access to Huddersfield town centre, Leeds, Manchester and beyond.


Chris Smith, spokesman for Hartley, said: “Kirklees is home to 14,000+ businesses with core sectors including advanced manufacturing and precision engineering, textiles, pharmaceuticals and medical technologies and creative and digital industries. It was recently named the second best place in the UK to set up and run a business and we believe that The Globe is offering the right space at the right time.”

Sue Cooke, Chief Executive at 3M Buckley Innovation Centre said, “The Globe Innovation Centre is a stunning facility with the best of heritage and contemporary facilities, perfectly located between Leeds and Manchester on the Transpennine corridor."

Picture: The Globe Innovation Centre.


Article written by Cathryn Ellis
21st April 2021


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