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University of Huddersfield Oastler Building gets local stone thanks to Morgan Sindall plc deal

A photograph of Professor Tim Thornton (University of Huddersfield), James Berry (Johnsons Wellfield Managing Director), Colin Blair (Director of Estates UoH) and Katie Berry (Johnsons Wellfield Director), with samples of local stone

Morgan Sindall plc has sourced £210,000 of local Yorkstone which will be used to clad certain elevations at the University of Huddersfield’s new Oastler Building in Huddersfield town centre.

The 7,500 square metre, six-storey building is being developed in a prime campus location opposite the Shorehead roundabout between Queensgate and Wakefield Road in the town.

The £27.5 million building will provide a new home for the University’s Law School and the School of Music, Humanities and Media. It will also link into the University’s Student Central building which was completed in January 2014, at a cost of £22.5 million.

Around 166 tonnes of Yorkstone will be delivered from Johnsons Wellfield Quarries in Huddersfield which was established as a local company in 1854. It has supplied Yorkstone around the world, paving and cladding some of the best known buildings including: London’s South Bank promenade and Victoria & Albert Museum, Sheffield’s award-winning Winter Garden and Tudor Square and other projects at the University of Huddersfield.

Yorkstone is a type of sandstone which is favoured as a building material due to its durability and beauty.

Mark Heginbotham, project director from Morgan Sindall, said: “Where we can, we source materials, suppliers and staff from the local area and it is fantastic that we are able to use local stone in the creation of this landmark building.

“It is, of course, important that we source materials from a sustainably and professionally managed operation. While Johnsons Wellfield is certainly that, they also provide some of the best quality Yorkstone in the world meaning their appointment was an easy decision to make.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Thornton from the University of Huddersfield said: “The University is proud of the role it plays in supporting the region’s economy. To be able to work with local suppliers on projects is important to us, and we endeavour to do this wherever this offers best value.”

The Oastler Building has been designed to complement existing buildings within the university including both Student Central and the adjacent Creative Arts Building. Upon completion, by the beginning of 2017, the building will provide new teaching space including large tiered lecture theatres.

The eye-catching building, which will provide a new gateway building to both the university and the town centre, was granted planning consent by Kirklees Council in April 2015.

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