AN innovative £1.6m revamp of a Huddersfield college department is nearly finished.
Huddersfield Technical College's new-look Animal Care and Environmental Studies Centre at Taylor Hill is rapidly taking shape.
The refurbishment, based on an eco-friendly design, will be finished by the end of this month.
A range of `green' initiatives have been incorporated into the project, to promote environmental good practice.
Ideas in the design include a turf roof, a small wind turbine to provide some power, a solar wall to provide more energy, a rainwater collecting plant, a natural waste water treatment system and a non-powered ventilation system.
Alan Weldon, the college's buildings and estates manager, said: "Work is nearing completion and we hope to have some students back this month.
"Building A, which comprises offices, classrooms and workshops, is almost ready.
"Building B, which contains a cafeteria, IT centre, library and science laboratory, was completed at the end of April.
"Building C, which houses the animals, will be finished this month."
The eco-friendly systems have been introduced to reflect the nature of the centre's courses.
They will be used for teaching, in addition to making sure the buildings are run as efficiently as possible.
A college spokesman said: "We look forward to a new and larger group of students to the centre in September."
The Walton Horsfall Partnership, the project's architects, also worked on the restoration and refurbishment of the college's School of Art, Design and Performing Arts at Highfields, which recently picked up a national Civic Trust award.
The new centre is being partly paid for by the Learning and Skills Council and the European Union's Regional Development Fund.