Friendly Street Offices

The Media Centre opened the doors to one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in the region in May 2007, creating a further 52 workspaces as part of the Media Centre's provision for creative businesses.

the media centre

The glass-clad five storey Friendly Street building is a landmark for Huddersfield, and is the first of its size in the UK to feature a double-skin frame, creating a unique cooling system instead of the usual mechanical comfort cooling which is so harmful to the environment. The Centre is a beacon for creative businesses, displayed through a commissioned programmable l.e.d. lighting design illuminating the façade of the building.

The building design is a prism in form, providing 52 studios ranging from 150 sq ft to 1000 sq ft as an integral part of The Media Centre complex. The £5m building is designed to minimise carbon emissions through an innovative heating and cooling system, incorporating the energy of people, office machines and passive ventilation created by the sophisticated double façade acting as a solar chimney, combined with low energy lighting and high specification insulation.

Workspaces are equipped with high specification data (min 8MB synchronous internet access) and telephony (enterprise standard PBX system) resources, with a dedicated meeting room, tea points, and the support of Media Centre's range of services including reception, café, creative programme, IT support and Conferencing. These services enable small companies to have access to high quality systems at a fraction of the usual set-up costs and without having to have high level knowledge of ICT.

In addition to this, the Friendly Street development will create Huddersfield's only private outdoor meeting and event space. The development completes the Media Centre quarter comprising the Creative Lofts live/work space and three dedicated workspace buildings totalling 62,325 Sq ft.

The Friendly Street development has been delivered through a partnership between Kirklees Metropolitan council and The Media Centre, funded through ERDF Objective 2, Yorkshire Forward and Kirklees Metropolitan Council.


If you would like to have a more in depth look into office rental at The Media Centre, a tour of the Friendly Street building or would like some more information about any of our services please contact our Customer Services Team.