WORK to transform one of Huddersfield town centre’s most familiar buildings has been completed.
The former Huddersfield Christian Fellowship building at 5A Northumberland Street has been converted under a £1m refurbishment programme to provide 57 bedrooms and 11 “cluster” flats for students at the town’s university.
The building has now been handed over to client Northpoint Living by contractor Triton Construction.
The four-storey building, which dates back to the 19th century, was the town’s post office before the construction of the current post office across the road in 1914.
It was later used by Huddersfield Christian Fellowship and subsequently by Kirklees Music School, but had been unoccupied almost three years before local businessman Altaf Hussain acquired the building.
Mr Hussain has set up Northpoint Living to provide student accommodation with weekly rents of £85 to £90.
Original features of the building, including an ornate central staircase, iron roof trusses and columns, have been retained under the scheme drawn up by architect practice Acumen, based at Old Leeds Road.
The scheme also boasts energy-saving features such as low-energy lighting, “passive” ventilation which enables air to circulate without having to open the windows and thermally-upgraded exterior walls.
Suppliers included Aspley-based Ellis Furniture, which provided fitted furniture, and TC Bathrooms, of Dewsbury, which supplied sanitaryware.
The architect was Jeremy Child, of Acumen.
Funding for the project came from Swedish-owned Handelsbanken, which has offices at Pennine Business Park, Bradley.