The new owners of Huddersfield’s iconic former grammar school, Huddersfield College, are appealing for information and photographs about its former incarnations.
Brothers Andrew, Nicholas and Simon Mear, owners of San Pedro Properties which recently acquired Highfields, the Grade II listed former Huddersfield College building, want to incorporate elements of the property’s distinguished past into its refurbishment and redevelopment.
Andrew Mear said: “Huddersfield College has a great personal significance to us since both our father and his sister studied there. Our plans are to convert Highfields into 33 plus very spacious, high spec apartments, which also in some way, through the incorporation of important names, facts or historical imagery, reflects the key milestones of the building’s history.”
If anyone has any information, stories, plans or photographs the brothers would be delighted if copies could be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Built in 1839 at a cost of £5,000, the stunning 33,000 sq ft building was designed by JP Pritchett. With its distinctive castle battlement style parapet, it was originally a boy’s grammar school before becoming Huddersfield College in 1909. It later became part of Huddersfield Technical College in 1975.
The £1.2M development and makeover is due to start shortly, with the first apartments being released for rental later in the year.