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Huddersfield's skyline changing as demolition crews move in behind sports centre site

Demolition crews and builders hard at work

Huddersfield’s skyline is changing by the day.

Demolition crews have moved in and started knocking down buildings behind the former Huddersfield Sports Centre.

The Centre itself and the Ibbotson and Lonsbrough tower blocks of flats will also go in the coming weeks and months.

And meanwhile, just a few hundred yards away, builders are bringing a new landmark into town.

They are working on the steel framework of the University of Huddersfield’s Richard Oastler Building soaring high above the Queensgate campus and the Shore Head roundabout.

Both projects are set to continue throughout the summer.

The Sports Centre demolition is a 30-week project and has been started by South Yorkshire-based Demex Ltd.

They are salvaging all the recyclable material such as metal, timber and plastics in the buildings on the complex, but have now started demolishing former commercial buildings off Old Leeds Road.

Experts will remove asbestos from some of the buildings, including the former Sports Centre and the flats.

The flats - named after Huddersfield sports heroes Derek Ibbotson and Anita Lonsbrough - will be demolished piece by piece, with controlled explosions ruled out of the equation because of the busy roads and services such as gas and water across the site.

Kirklees Council plans to market the site for possible redevelopment once it has been levelled.

Over at the University campus, the Oastler building is to be named after local reformer Richard Oastler.

The £27.5m building will be home to hundreds of staff and students at the law school and part of the school of music, humanities and media.

Dozens of contractors employed by Morgan Sindall are working on the site. They spent many weeks excavating down below what was the Brunswick Building and the former university sports hall.

The project will run until January 2017.

Progress of new Oastler Building at University of Huddersfield.

Take a virtual tour of the University's new flagship building below



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