Building and civil engineering contractor, Britcon has started a £0.8 million project to refurbish a Grade II* listed building for the University of Huddersfield.
The Sir John Ramsden Court building is to be converted from 12 existing residential flats to provide 6785 sq. ft of much needed office accommodation for the University.
The site was a former canal warehouse and is one of Huddersfield’s oldest buildings – dating back to 1774. It was named after Sir John Ramsden, whose family once owned much of the land around Huddersfield and sits across the road from the end of the Huddersfield Broad Canal, which is also known as the Sir John Ramsden Canal.
The conversion by Britcon is part of an overall redevelopment of the University’s Queensgate Campus. The university originally owned the building but sold it for residential use in the 1980s. It has since bought it back to include on the overall campus regeneration plans.
Whilst maintaining the existing listed façade, Britcon will sympathetically remove the internal apartments and install modern, open plan office accommodation over the three floors. This includes structural, mechanical and engineering and finishing works.
Ian Chapman, Regional Manager at Britcon, said: “We are delighted to secure another contract in the education sector where we have significant expertise. The project presents a number of logistical challenges because of its canal side setting and we are working closely with the Canal and River Trust. We are also working closely with the University to ensure internal fixtures support department functionality.”
Tim Hosker, Deputy Director of Estates at the University of Huddersfield, said: “The use of the building as office accommodation will fulfil a need and meet a shortfall for this type of accommodation in the university. We intend to locate our Careers, International office there. We are pleased to appoint Britcon which has demonstrated strong credentials in delivering inclusive refurbishment works on sensitive projects.”
Britcon expects to complete the works by February 2016.