Plans to revitalise a key site on the edge of Huddersfield town centre have been unveiled.
A planning application has been submitted to demolish the former New Wharf pub, which closed in early 2011, and build new student apartments.
Architects say they have drawn up a sympathetic yet iconic design to complement the surrounding heritage and new buildings around the university and Aspley Marina site.
Jeremy Child, director of Acumen Designers and Architects Ltd, is working on behalf of owner Bal Khela.
Mr Child said: “This is a prominent site – it’s the gateway to Huddersfield town centre so we’ve designed something that complements the surrounding buildings and will be a focal point.
“We’ve worked with Kirklees’ conservation and design department to make sure our plans are in keeping with the university’s 3M Buckley site, Firth Street and surrounding buildings.”
The proposed four-storey student accommodation will have 48 bedrooms in eight clusters of communal living.
Ground-floor studio apartments are being deigned as suitable for disabled students.
The application adds: “The aim is to create modern, high quality student HMO’s (house of multiple occupation) within a sustainable town centre location that are complimentary to the local fabric along Firth Street, as well as neighbouring properties ensuring continued use of a prominent brown field site.”
If approved by Kirklees Council, the demolished public house and rear car park will be replaced with a new four-storey stone-built apartment building with a zinc-clad floating glazed pod which will overlook the junction.
The application has this week been submitted to Kirklees Council.
Mr Khela is also behind the new Tesco Express at the former Grey Horse in Birchencliffe and has a number of other development projects in the pipeline.
Acumen Designers and Architects Ltd are currently working on a feasibility study for Khela UK for a restaurant and leisure opportunity at the Spindlegate development on Leeds Road.