Huddersfield’s iconic former grammar school, Huddersfield College, is to be converted into 25 luxury apartments.
Award winning San Pedro Properties’ ‘green’ and high spec vision for the Grade II listed building, helped it secure the classic Victorian property in a £1.25m deal.
Built in 1839 at a cost of £5,000, the stunning 33,000 sq ft building, designed by JP Pritchett, with its distinctive castle battlement style parapet, was originally a boy’s grammar school, becoming Huddersfield College in 1909, and most latterly part of Huddersfield Technical College in 1975.
Located at the junction of the town’s New North Road and Highfield Road, the “handsome structure of stone, in the later English style” went up for sale after the technical college relocated to its £47m Waterfront campus at Chapel Hill.
Halifax based San Pedro Properties − owned by brothers Simon, Nicholas and Andrew Mear, which recently scooped a ‘Green Business of the Year’ award − has a proven track record of bringing buildings of historic significance back into the 21st century.
Andrew Mear said: “Highfields is not only an iconic Huddersfield building in the gothic style, but it also has a great personal significance to myself and my brothers since both our father and his sister studied there. Our plans are to retain the building’s distinctive facade, while converting the light airy interior into 25 plus, very spacious, high spec apartments, with a proportion of purpose built disabled accommodation.
“We believe the self-contained setting and its close proximity to the town centre, along with the installation of the latest renewable energies and carbon neutral efficiencies, will ensure the completed apartments become a desirable proposition to local residents.”
San Pedro Properties’ business model sees it consistently going beyond all legal requirements to ensure the buildings it restores and redevelop not only retain their interior infrastructure and exterior aesthetics, but also embrace the very latest green and renewable technologies.
Construction is planned to start in May, with the first apartments being released for sale in June 2018.