SUPPLIERS and subcontractors will benefit from a grand-scale building project.
The Government pledged £2m to accelerate the £16.3m expansion of the University of Huddersfield’s Business School.
Vice-chancellor Prof Bob Cryan was pleased with the new investment.
He said: “This is good news for the people of Huddersfield. The Government has given us £2m earlier than planned to allow us to employ people during the recession.”
Albany Mills on Firth Street will be demolished next month and replaced with a four-storey 4,000 sq m new building. The original 3,150 sq m business school will be extensively refurbished and the two buildings will be linked by a curved block.
Leeds-based BAM Construction – which built the university’s creative arts building – has won the contract for the business school expansion.
Prof Cryan hopes the building work, which starts in May, will benefit local businesses. He said: “This is the largest building project in Huddersfield this year. Wherever possible we will be using local suppliers and subcontractors. We are also asking sub-contractors to use apprentices where possible and we hope to source the stone locally.”
Prof Cryan added that the work would benefit the area. He said: “It will help regenerate Firth Street, parts of which still look a bit dull. The design of the new building is environmentally-friendly and will use water from the canal to cool the building.”
Prof Cryan hopes the new business school will attract more students to Huddersfield when it opens next September. He said: “Business study is a growth area and we hope that creating a top-class venue will attract more international students.”
The Business School already has more than 3,000 students.
Prof Cryan also revealed some of the research taking place at the university. Earlier this week the Government gave the university £3.3m for 2009/10 – up from £2.4m this year. The university also receives about £3m a year in research grants from other sources.
Prof Cryan said: “We’ve been given this extra money because we’ve got some really great research which has been assessed as world-leading. Our health and human sciences department has just received a large grant to work with Macmillan Cancer Relief and John Brian has won a £250,000 grant to research medieval music. Professor Adrian Wood has been given £2.1m to develop coffee and honey cultivation in Ethiopia which will improve the lives of 3,000 families.”