The £27.5 million building will provide a new home for the University’s Law School and the School of Music, Humanities and Media.
The new structure will link into the University’s new Student Central building, which was completed in 2014, at a cost of £22.5 million and officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal in January.
The proposed new building, which was approved unanimously at the Kirklees Council Planning Applications meeting yesterday, will provide 7,500 square metres of space and will be six stories high.
The iconic structure will provide new teaching space, including large, tiered lecture theatres when completed in September 2016.
It will be built to meet BREEAM Excellent sustainability ratings, thus ensuring its green credentials. BREAAM is regarded as the world’s foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.
The University’s Director of Estates of Facilities Colin Blair, who attended the planning meeting, told councillors that the plans demonstrate, “the commitment the University has to continuing the development of the campus”.
Following the announcement, Mr Blair said that he was delighted that the Planning Committee has approved the proposals. “We will now move ahead with the preparations for this important new building, working with a main contractor who will be announced when the tendering process is completed. The successful contractor will begin work on the site during the students’ summer holidays, to avoid any disruptions during examinations.”