Ambitious plans to create a new community space in the heart of Huddersfield’s university campus have been unveiled.
The University Square project is intended to revamp the main access points to the Queensgate campus.
And it will include wide open spaces which will be used for events such as film nights, concerts and Christmas markets - open to the whole town as well as students.
The sweeping proposals have been given the backing of Kirklees Council and work is expected to get under way within days.
The whole project will be completed by the end of June, in time for the University’s open days for the next educational year.
But it is the idea of using the space for events open to the public that has appealed.
A spokesman for the project said: “The design ‘s scale is appropriate to the character and use of the space all year round.
“It could be used for Christmas markets, for film screenings and Student Fairs.
“The new square responds to the various needs of both the university and the town”.
The work will encompass the existing entrance to the campus and the large paved area extending down through the heart of the campus to the Student Central Building.
Extensive floodlighting, planting and seating areas are envisaged.
And one idea included is to incorporate an outdoor “screen” on the side of the Creative Arts Building, one of the buildings surrounding the square, enabling film nights to go ahead.
A university spokesman said: “This is an exciting redevelopment on campus.
“Work will start this month and our Estates and Facilities team is pleased to announce the exciting redevelopment of the University Square, also known as the plaza, the pedestrianised area between the University Reception and Student Central.
“The work is scheduled for completion ahead of the June 2016 Open Days.
“The work will be undertaken in three phases by contractor Morgan Sindall and will require the closure of approximately a third of University Square at any given time.
“Entrances and exits from all buildings will be maintained at all times during normal operational hours.”
The development is just the latest massive project at the University, where work is currently under way on the £27m Oastler Building at the Shorehead side of the site.
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