A FUTURISTIC building in Huddersfield has been shortlisted for two top property awards.
The £14m creative arts building at Huddersfield University’s Queensgate campus is one of 17 impressive structures across West Yorkshire to be nominated for the Pro Yorkshire Awards 2009 run by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
The building has been nominated in the sustainability category and the design and innovation section of the awards.
Rivals include a parish centre at Horsforth, Leeds, a Sheffield school, Shibden Park interpretation centre at Halifax and eco-friendly housing developments in Pickering and Rotherham.
Other buildings shortlisted in eight categories at the Pro Yorkshire Awards include Leeds City Museum, Leeds Grand Theatre, The Arthouse in Wakefield, and Eastbrook Hall in Bradford.
The categories cover building conservation, commercial, community benefit, regeneration, design and innovation, tourism and leisure, sustainability and residential.
The creative arts building, which opened its doors last September, is billed as one of the most exciting and inspirational teaching and research facilities for music and creative arts courses in the university sector.
It includes rehearsal space, lecture theatres, a 120-seat concert hall, a recording studio, practice rooms, exhibition space and a ‘cube-shaped’ electro-acoustic research studio.
It also boasts a rain harvesting system to collect rainwater and use it to flush toilets in the building after it has been filtered. The system includes a huge 45,000-litre capacity water storage tank, which has been installed into an underground pit next to the new building.