Huddersfield student accommodation plan gets public thumbs up
A dilapidated car park in Huddersfield could make way for a huge student accommodation complex, the Huddersfield Examiner has revealed. The King’s Bridge Road site, formerly owned by an engineering firm, had planning proposals approved by residents this week.
New occupiers The Watkins Group are now free to develop their 653-bedroom plan which will include a courtyard and a number of group spaces. The firm has also pledged to construct a public river-link walkway to access the site whilst keeping the site in line with its current surroundings.
Proposal to keep in sync with surroundings
Gruszecka, who described the site’s architectural context as “amazing”, said K4 would be working closely with the environmental agency due to the project’s close proximity to the river.
“We aim to incorporate features that fit in with the area and the older buildings,” confirmed Malwina Gruszecka, an architect from partnership firm, K4. “We have been using the old mill buildings and other sites as inspiration. We will be using sandstone and some metal cladding to ensure it is in keeping.“
According to holmfirthvillage.co.uk, The Watkins Group is an experienced accommodation developer having built 20,000 student bed spaces across the country. It will now make any necessary amendments before officially submitting the plans to the Kirklees Council in September.
The planning committee will then make its decision within 12 weeks of the submission.