Huddersfield University are heavily investing in new buildings to attract students to study in Yorkshire. A new £30m development will see the Barbara Hepworth Building become a start of the art facility for students studying art, design and architecture.

Colin Blair, recently made an MBE in the New Years Honours, will be speaking at our Yorkshire Universities Development Plans Conference to discuss the plans the University has as it continues to lead the way in design.

The Barbara Hepworth Building – named after the famous sculptor born in West Yorkshire – will overlook the Huddersfield Narrow Canal that runs through the heart of the campus, and it marks the beginning of the Uni’s expansion of the former Thomas Broadbent and Sons site which was cleared back in 2016.

The redevelopment will transform the area around Queen Street South, and is part of the huge £260m investment the University is making over a 15-year period to boost the regional economy.

Of the project a University spokesperson said: ”It’s hoped that work on the building will begin in autumn 2017 and be completed by 2019. It’s the first building on a former industrial site cleared which will now be known as the Western Campus.”

The new home for art, design and architecture will only occupy about 20% of the total site – leaving 20,000 sq m for an additional four buildings as part of the continued work, meaning lots of procurement opportunities in the future to get involved in the project.

Join us for the Yorkshire Development Plans Conference on the 7th February 2018 to find out more.