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Work on the £6M upgrade of the University of Huddersfield’s Joseph Priestley Building has begun that will provide new science facilities.

The building dates back to the 1960s when it was known as the ‘Z building’, due to its unique shape. Over the years it has undergone numerous refits and upgrades but the University say the latest enhancements are the most ambitious yet.

The construction work will see the lowest three of the four storeys gutted and will be completely remodelled internally. The façade will also feature finned metal cladding to fit in with the surrounding architecture. The building was formerly known as the West Building hosting both student and staff in both Applied Sciences and the Humanities before changing its name in recognition of a local scientist famed for his discovery of oxygen.

University of Huddersfield Director of Estates and Facilities Colin Blair: “This allows the School of Applied Sciences to grow and from next year its students will have better facilities than ever.”

A link will also be built to connect the Joseph Priestley Building to a planned new science block that is currently being used as a car park.

Rick Smeaton, Bardsley Regional Manager in Yorkshire, commented: “This contract represents our first major project for the University of Huddersfield and provides our Yorkshire office with an ideal opportunity to enhance our reputation for the delivery of high quality and bespoke educational facilities.”

Work on the project is due to complete by the end of the year.

Source – UK Construction Online

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