The huge former Kirklees College campus in Huddersfield has been sold.

The 6.1 acre New North Road site has been sold to to Oldham-based Wiggett Construction Group for an undisclosed sum.

Contracts have now been signed enabling Wiggett Construction Group to acquire the site, to be known as Trinity Central, which was made redundant when the college moved to new premises at Waterfront Quarter in 2013.

Plans for the future of the site are expected to be unveiled early in 2015 but the developers are expected to create a mixed use site featuring residential, retails and leisure uses.

Part of the site includes the historic former Huddersfield Infirmary and sections are listed buildings.

The complex stands on a prime site on the edge of Huddersfield town centre and developments will be closely monitored.

Clr Peter McBride, Kirklees Cabinet member for Investment and Regeneration said: “We are looking forward to seeing Wiggett Construction’s proposals for the site.

“The former college campus is a key gateway to Huddersfield town centre and so I welcome the news that proposals to redevelop the site are being actively pursued.”

The Oldham-based Wiggett Construction Group was established some 36 years ago and operates on both sides of the Pennines on a variety of housing and commercial projects.

Phil Wiggett, managing director of Wiggett Group, said that he was very pleased to be working with the Kirklees College team and Kirklees Council to bring about the redevelopment of the substantial gateway high profile site.

(L-R) Mike Dove, Sam Wiggett, Peter McCann and Paul Kemp.
 

He said: “The Wiggett Group will endeavour to maximise the benefits of the scheme for the local economy, both in terms of employing local sub-contractors, suppliers and building trade workers.

“Importantly, Wiggett will also work with Kirklees College on training opportunities”.

Wiggett intention is to submit a planning application within the next few months leading to a start on site in 2015.

Peter McCann, principal at Kirklees College said, “We’re pleased to have taken a step forward with the sale of our former site.

“The Wiggett Construction Group is keen to create a development that will benefit the local community and we’re hopeful that our former site will be used to great effect for the people of Kirklees”.

The site incorporates 10 buildings ranging from the old hospital complex to modern blocks of classrooms.

In recent months part of the site has been used as a temporary car park.

College facts

The former Ramsden Technical College moved on to the New North Road site of the former Huddersfield Royal Infirmary in 1967

The college paid £105,000 for the site

In September 1968 the first students began lectures at New North Road

The first new bulding on the site opened in 1969

The main new block was built in 1971 - the year the college became Huddersfield Technical College

By 1978 there were more than 8,000 students studying at the site

In 2008 Huddersfield Technical College merged with Dewsbury College to form Kirklees College