The organisation awarded Kirklees’ largest NHS contract has expressed interest in a threatened health centre.

Locala, which provides the majority of local NHS services outside hospitals, has said it is interested in the Princess Royal Health Centre.

The Greenhead Park centre, which houses sexual health and other services, needs £10m of repairs.

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Princess Royal Health Centre, which opened in July 1928, was put on the market earlier this year for offers over £1.5m. For many years it was a maternity hospital and thousands of Huddersfield people were born there.

Estate agent Walker Singleton has said the centre, which comprises several buildings of different ages, is suitable for a wide variety of alternative uses.

Site of the Princess Royal Health Centre

But now Locala, which was awarded the £238m Care Closer to Home contract in June 2015, has said it is interested in the site.

The social enterprise, which has its headquarters at Batley, declined to make any further comments.

Princess Royal Health Centre was first opened in July 1928, as the Municipal Maternity Home, replacing the previous maternity hospital at Mill Hill Hospital in Dalton, after Huddersfield health officials acquired a large former Victorian vicarage in Greenhead Road and turned it into a hospital.

The first baby was born on July 3, two days after the opening. It was a boy for Mr and Mrs Harold Armitage, of Blacker Road, Birkby, who christened their son Roland.

In July, 1939, a large extension was opened by the then Princess Royal, and in 1940 it became the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital, which is the name that appeared on thousands of birth certificates over the next four decades.

Nurses with newborn babies at Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in 1948

The last baby was born there in October, 1984, and the site was then handed over to community health services, and renamed the Princess Royal Health Centre.

The building, which houses sexual health, dental, podiatry, diabetes, speech therapy and children's health services, needs a £10m overhaul.

The Princess Royal site, at the corner of Greenhead Road and Park Avenue, comprises a range of linked buildings arranged on a 2.8 acre plot.