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Oastler Building, University of Huddersfield

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28 Apr 2017

Oastler Building at University of Huddersfield

Oastler Building at the University of Huddersfield

Design: AHR Architects

£28 million flagship building in Huddersfield opened by HRH The Duke of York

At the opening, the University’s Chancellor, HRH The Duke of York, met various firms that had worked on the project

When His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG, opened the University of Huddersfield’s new £28 million Oastler Building he spoke to a succession of the firms and designers who worked on the structure and declared that he found it fascinating to learn about the “inter-connectivity” between specialists involved in such an ambitious project.

Oastler Building University of Huddersfield

In his speech, the Duke also praised the “brilliant” University of Huddersfield team behind the creation of the building, and said he was impressed by the fact that it was working so well on Day One.

Prior to conducting the opening ceremony, His Royal Highness – who is the University’s Chancellor – toured special displays mounted by firms that had played a key role in the development of the Oastler Building, which will provide a new base for study of the law and the humanities and also new, state-of-the art conference and meeting facilities.

Oastler Building, University of Huddersfield opening

All of the displays were attended by senior figures at the various firms, plus a large number of the apprentices and trainees who worked on the project. All of the companies are based locally or regionally.

In his introductory speech at the opening ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Cryan, said that the £28 million spent on the Oastler Building was not only an investment in the University and its students, but an investment in the town and region too, because it was possible to use local suppliers for most of the key components and materials.

Companies represented at the ceremony included the architects AHR, now a global practice, but which originated in Huddersfield in the 1800s.

Oastler Building, University of Huddersfield

“The design AHR produced is a brilliant, but complex and innovative,” said Professor Cryan. “The site itself presented problems due to the limited space and access. These factors add greatly to the achievement of our main contractor, Morgan Sindall, in delivering this fine building with the minimal disruption to the campus and the town.”

Other firms represented at the ceremony included Johnson’s Wellfield Quarries; Dual Seal Glass; HW Architectural; Roche Audio Visual; specialist furnisher Gresham’s; and Elland Steel Structures in Halifax.

On his tour, the Duke of York probed the roles of the different companies and in his speech said that he was fascinated by the teamwork that was necessary for the completion of the project.

During his introduction, Professor Cryan said: “We already have one of the finest university campuses and it is continually getting better. And for this I must reserve special thanks to Colin Blair and his outstanding Estates and Facilities team. They are undoubtedly one of the best in the sector.”

He added that the Oastler Building – in its prominent location – was already a local icon.
“We have bestowed on Huddersfield a 21st century structure that can stand alongside the great 19th century buildings that expressed the civic pride felt by our Victorian forebears.”


The University of Huddersfield

The University of Huddersfield is an inspiring, innovative provider of higher education of international renown. It has a national reputation in enterprise and innovation and has been the recipient of the Times Higher Education’s University of the Year Award and Entrepreneurial University of the Year as well as a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. In the 2015, the University was recognised with 5 star status by international ratings organisation QS Stars for teaching, internationalisation, employability and for facilities and access.
The University annually welcomes 22,000 students to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across subjects.

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