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Watch as Huddersfield Sports Centre is reduced to rubble

Demolition crews hard at work on Southgate site

They are changing the shape of Huddersfield’s skyline by the hour.

Demolition crews have resumed work at the former Huddersfield Sports Centre after their Easter break.

And the centre is being turned into a huge mound of rubble by giant machines.

Steelwork which had supported the centre for more than 40 years has been cut up and taken off the site.

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And the building which was home to countless sporting events over the years is set to vanish forever from the town’s landscape within days.

South Yorkshire-based demolition contractor Demex were awarded the 30-week contract by Kirklees Council to flatten the site bordered by Southgate, Leeds Road and Old Leeds Road.

The sports centre has been replaced by the new leisure centre, which opened almost a year ago.

See pictures from the sports centre demolition below

They began by demolishing a range of industrial and commercial properties on the Old Leeds Road side of the site but are now well into knocking down the former Sports Centre.

Once that goes, preparatory work will start on the two tower blocks of flats overlooking the ring road.

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The blocks - named after Huddersfield sporting legends athlete Derek Ibbotson and swimmer Anita Lonsbrough - are to go.

But the company will have to bring in special equipment to dismantle them piece by piece from the top.

They have ruled out controlled explosions because of the proximity of the main roads and services including gas and water.

Once all the buildings are demolished, the site will be levelled. It will then be down to Kirklees Council to market it for future development.



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