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Skeleton of new University of Huddersfield building rises into the sky

Contractors hard at work behind the hoardings

The imposing skeleton of what is destined to be a new Huddersfield landmark is taking shape.

Workmen are erecting the steel framework for the new Oastler Building on the University of Huddersfield’s Queensgate campus.

And it presents an odd site to drivers, with stairways in place in the towering structure behind the building site hoardings.

It is on the corner of the campus overlooking the busy Shorehead roundabout and is destined to be a flagship building for the University.

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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, to lay the foundations of the striking six-storey building.

It will be adjacent to the creative arts building and the most recent addition to the campus, the student central.

Steelwork goes up for new building at the University of Huddersfield.

The new building is the latest in a series of massive construction projects for the university, which has spent more than £250m on the ever-expanding Queensgate campus.

With a turnover of £145 million, the university contributes £300 million to the local economy.

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The university submitted plans to Kirklees Council for the new flagship building in February last year.

It is hoped the building will be completed by September 2016.

Richard Oastler and an artist's impression of the new £27m Shorehead Building on the University of Huddersfield campus


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