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Walkway to nowhere as former Huddersfield Sports Centre vanishes from the skyline

Work to start later on tower blocks

It’s a walkway leading nowhere.

This is the main entrance to the former Huddersfield Sports Centre - a walkway used by hundreds of thousands of people over the past 40 years.

But now it leads only to the boarded up entrance of the former Centre which is vanishing slowly but surely from the Huddersfield skyline.

Demolition contractors have got rid of half the former centre and will continue working on the remaining structure over the next few days.

The team, working for South Yorkshire-based Demex, won the 30-week contract to clear the sprawling site bounded by Southgate, Leeds Road and Old Leeds Road.

One of their biggest challenges will be to demolish the two tower blocks of flats, named after Huddersfield sporting legends Anita Lonsbrough and Derek Ibbotson.

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Scaffolding is going up alongside the flats and a giant excavator will be used to take them down piece by piece.

It is not feasible to use explosions because of gas and water pipes below the site.

The bulk of rubble on the site is being recycled.



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