Work has started on site at the University of Huddersfield’s new Oastler Building.
Designed by AHR, the £27.5 million building will form part of the Queensgate campus and house the University’s Law School and part of the School of Music, Humanities and Media.
The six-storey building will include four 300-seat lecture theatres, tutorial spaces, offices, language labs and a Law Court, which have all been designed to fit in a floor area of 7,500sq m. Various departments are visually and physically connected by an atrium space which provides new and dynamic social spaces for staff and students.
The external facade will become the new recognisable face of the University. The curvaceous three-dimensional form of the building is defined by 42 architectural fins rising over the upper storeys, defining the architectural language of the new academic facilities and allowing glimpses into the building.
The Oastler building is set to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and the efficiency of the building will help reduce the long-term running and maintenance costs. A ‘living roof’ has been designed to help slow the rate of rainwater run-off by 70 per cent, and will also help to filter air pollutants and noxious gases, improving air quality. AHR and the University has also committed to using local suppliers and materials, wherever possible, as part of the overall sustainability strategy for the project.
The campus is located close to the south-east heart of Huddersfield, next to the Oastler roundabout, which is one of the most well-connected roads in Huddersfield. The landscape vision for the building is to create a coherent and high quality environment which will connect to the wider campus.
The building is expected to be completed and occupied by the start of 2017.
Andrew France, Director at AHR, said:
“The Oastler Building will provide modern and vibrant teaching and social spaces, offering a new image for the University of Huddersfield and making the building an inspiring place to work and study. We look forward to seeing the new building complete and welcoming its first cohort of students and staff.”
Tim Hosker, Assistant Director of Estates and Facilities, added:
“The University of Huddersfield is delighted to continue the long-standing relationship with AHR and we are all looking forward to the construction of the University’s new iconic landmark, ‘designed in Huddersfield’ building.”