Another town centre eyesore in Huddersfield is to be transformed into student flats.

Oldgate House, once used by Kirklees Council to house its education services, is the latest abandoned building to be revamped as bedsits for the university.

Work on the huge £11m refurbishment has started.

The nine-storey premises behind the Kingsgate Centre have been empty since the council moved out in 2009.

Windows have even broken and there has been graffiti on the building.

The council leased space in the building but has never owned the property on Oldgate.

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In May last year it was bought by national firm Empiric Student Property Plc, who are also behind the Snow Island scheme, converting the old Sea Cadets HQ on the River Colne at Aspley.

Clint Bartman, operations director for the firm, confirmed the project to convert it into a 179-studio centre for students had begun.

“We’re replacing all the windows and cleaning up the brickwork,” he said.

“It will look a lot nicer.

“It’s set to open in September and will have a gym and a cinema.”

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Mr Bartman said rents had been set at £145 to £155 per week.

In a statement to the stock exchange, Paul Hadaway, Chief Executive of Empiric Student Property plc, commented: “The University of Huddersfield has won a number of awards in recent years including The Times Higher Education University of the Year, and student numbers are now over 19,000.

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“However, there is an increasing shortage of high-quality student accommodation in the town.

“Oldgate House is ideally located both for the university and local amenities and we expect the scheme to generate attractive returns in line with our stated investment parameters.”

Other student flats schemes in the region of Huddersfield town centre include: a 504 bed block and 290 bed block close to the Kirklees College Waterfront campus, and 110 student flats at the old Palace Theatre.

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Historic Standard House will be transformed into 55 rooms while a scheme to create more than 60 student digs at the Majestic Wine Warehouse site at Queensgate is in the pipeline.

Numerous other small schemes have taken place around the town centre and there are existing large-scale developments in Firth Street, Aspley, and off Kings Mill Lane.