Enrolment begins at Kirklees College

This week, Kirklees College has opened its doors to hundreds of people to enrol onto part time courses at its new Huddersfield Centre at the Waterfront Quarter.

The eagerly anticipated enrolment sessions will run through until Friday 30 August, recruiting the 2013-14 intake at Kirklees College centres in Huddersfield and Dewsbury.

College Enrolment

As the queues formed outside the college’s new building, staff were busy preparing for the year ahead. This year the college will deliver a huge range of part time and full time courses along with Apprenticeships and higher education courses, teaching in the region of 18,000 students over the year.

Open or ‘walk in’ enrolment for full time courses takes place in the new Huddersfield Centre and the college’s Brunel House which specialises in construction next week, along with open enrolment for full time courses at the Dewsbury Centre.

Enrolment for part time courses, for leisure and qualifications takes place from Tuesday 20 August, and continues through until 30 August.

With a vast range of courses to choose from, and places still available on the full time courses for those who have just received GCSE results, Kirklees College can provide a great education and work-related skills to give you the best chance to succeed.

Principal Peter McCann said, “I’m really pleased to see so many people coming through the doors, and I look forward to welcoming many more over the next few weeks. The staff have worked incredibly hard to provide a great curriculum offer this year and have excellent knowledge in their sectors.  Coupled with our fantastic new Huddersfield and Engineering centres, and our specialist centres spanning Kirklees, we’re sure that students will receive the best experience with us.”

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Staff move into college’s new Huddersfield Centre

Staff from Kirklees College’s Huddersfield Centre have relocated to the fantastic new building at the Waterfront Quarter on Manchester Road.

The new building will open to students in September, and will host enrolment throughout August.

Boasting a range of state-of-the-art facilities, the new centre will provide one of the highest quality learning environments in the north. As this year’s results are finalised, it’s expected that the college’s impressive success rate will continue into its third year running and position the college in the top 10 per cent of general further education colleges nationally.

Melanie Brooke, vice principal at Kirklees College said, “We’re in the very last stages of our phased move from New North Road to the Waterfront Quarter.

“The fit out is going to schedule with furniture arriving daily. The finishing touches, such as the signage, colour coded paintwork, lighting and blinds are underway and we’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of students through the doors for enrolment this August.

“The kitchens and salons require more finishing and fit out work than a standard classroom due to the nature of the teaching and learning environment they create, but these are looking great and will be very impressive when they are fully finished for the new term.

“The whole building is looking fantastic and staff are settling in really well.”

Enrolment takes place from 20-31 August at centres across Kirklees.

The new address, which can be used from August is Kirklees College, Huddersfield Centre, Waterfront Quarter, Manchester Road, Huddersfield, HD1 3HH.

The new Huddersfield Centre will offer full and part time courses in:

  • Access to higher education
  • Adult learning
  • Art and design (level 1 and 2)
  • Business
  • Childhood studies
  • Computing and ICT
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Foundation learning
  • Hair and beauty therapy
  • Health and social care
  • Hospitality and catering
  • Public services
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Sports Academy
  • Travel and tourism.

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College to hold open day at new building

Kirklees College will welcome its community through the doors of its new Huddersfield Centre on Sunday 12 May for a first glimpse inside.

As the finishing touches are made to the inside of the building, which is equipped to deliver courses to over 20,000 students during the course of a year, Kirklees College wants to let applicants, current students and members of the community see what the building has to offer.

The open day, which runs from 10am-4pm, will include guided tours, information on courses at all college centres, entertainment from students, The Pulse Radio Station road show with DJ Danny Mylo offering master classes on the turntables, refreshments and competitions.

Melanie Brooke, vice principal for Kirklees College said, “We have been doing mini tours of the building with staff, current students, schools, local businesses and councillors and the reaction so far has been fantastic. We’re confident that our local community will also be just as impressed with the new centre and all we have to offer.”

The college centre is officially due to open to students from September 2013.

The building will include a real aircraft cabin for training cabin crews of the future, a fully equipped gym, a restaurant and hair and beauty salons open to the public, science labs, state of the art classrooms and training areas such as industrial kitchens.

The building will provide easy access to a first class set of facilities for students such as a learning resource centre, 100 per cent free wi fi, a refectory and atrium area with Students’ Union lounge and all student advice services in one place.

The weekend also marks the launch of the college’s latest recruitment campaign, ‘Be Part of It’, which features 96 of the college’s current students from across all college centres.

Melanie Brooke continued, “This is an ideal opportunity for the local community to come and find out what we’re all about. It’s also a chance for anyone interested in taking a course, full time, part time, young or old, to find out more. We’ll be enrolling the bulk of our students in August and September, so there’s still time to apply, and there are always other opportunities to join courses throughout the year too.”

Kirklees College announced record pass rates last year when 96% of its students passed their course. Following an Ofsted re-inspection in December, the college was rated good (grade 2), improving significantly from its previous grading (grade 4) 18 months before.

Course areas on offer at the new building:

  • Access to higher education
  • Adult learning
  • Art and design (level 1 and 2)
  • Business
  • Childhood studies
  • Computing and ICT
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Foundation learning
  • Hair and beauty therapy
  • Health and social care
  • Hospitality and catering
  • Public services
  • Science
  • Sport
  • Sports Academy
  • Travel and tourism.

Facilities overview:

  • Nine floors of state-of-the-art facilities
  • Three hair salons
  • Four beauty salons
  • Four training kitchens
  • Two production kitchens
  • One training restaurant with views of the Waterfront and Castle Hill (Landings 72)
  • Five science labs
  • Six business suites
  • Specialist health and social workshops
  • Customised childcare workshops
  • 100% wi-fi coverage
  • A fully equipped gym and fitness studio
  • A multi-storey learning resource centre
  • An aircraft cabin simulator
  • Conferencing suites
  • A sensory garden
  • Refectory, café and college shop
  • Students’ Union office and lounge
  • BREEAM environmental rating of excellent.

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Kirklees Council takes Waterfront Huddersfield interest to Unfold

Interest in the recently launched The Waterfront Huddersfield development has intensified ahead of the forthcoming Unfold show, the Leeds City Region’s only commercial property show which promotes key developments to occupiers, investors, agents and developers.

As a result Kirklees Council, in conjunction with commercial partner GVA, will be taking the opportunity to introduce the development to the region’s commercial property movers and shakers, with a view to attracting additional expressions of interest from investors, developers as well as prospective tenants from the commercial, leisure and education sectors. Visitors will be able to view detailed layouts of the scheme, along with inspirational computer generate images of how the development might look.

Since the launch of the development, a gateway setting with unique upgraded water frontage and with outline permission for over 18,000 sq m (190,000 sq ft) of highly efficient, cost-effective office space, GVA reports increasing numbers of enquiries from a range of parties, from developers looking for multi-use building opportunities to professional services firms keen to make this vibrant location their new home.

Matthew Tootell, Director of National Markets, GVA Leeds, is delighted with the response, as he explains; “Over the past few months we have been pleasantly surprised with the number of enquiries generated by the launch of the scheme, and we are now at the stage of marrying up clients looking to locate their business at The Waterfront Huddersfield with developers keen to sign up tenants prior to committing to the development. Whilst we are still at the pre-sign up stage with several clients we remain confident that we will be in a position to make an announcement very shortly.”

The Waterfront Huddersfield is one of the largest projects of its kind currently underway in the North of England and has the potential to provide up to 1,000 jobs.

Following the success of Unfold 2011, where 34 commercial developers platformed their exciting plans for schemes across the Leeds City Region, Unfold 2012 aims to be even bigger and better than last year’s event with a wide range of sponsor and exhibitor opportunities.

Waterside launch for The Waterfront, Huddersfield

Yorkshire business leaders and investment specialists will meet in Huddersfield on 23 May, for the much-anticipated launch of commercial development land at the town’s prestigious mixed-use development, The Waterfront, Huddersfield. Among those speaking at the launch is Neil McLean, chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership – the organisation leading discussions about investment and the economy across the region.

Delegates will hear how a recent multi-million pound refurbishment of the canal and the installation of a brand new lock, plus extensive landscaping have transformed this once overlooked part of the town, making it one of the most attractive and sustainable waterside development opportunities in the region. They will also be among the first narrow boat passengers to take a trip through the newly unveiled canal and lock, which is set to become the centrepiece of an impressive public square which will grace the development on completion.

Speaking about the council’s ambitious plans for the 3 acre (1.2 hectare) site, Cllr Mehboob Khan, Leader of Kirklees Council said:

“Together with our partners, we have made a significant commitment and investment here at The Waterfront Huddersfield, because we believe the town has a major part to play in the economic future of the wider region. Once complete, this development not only has the potential to sustain up to 1000 jobs for local people, but will also provide a platform for business which complements and is a viable alternative to city centre operations. I am delighted that we have the support of Neil McLean today, which goes to prove that in terms of our contribution to the regional economy, Huddersfield continues to offer something different, and has the potential to punch well above its weight.”

With outline planning permission for over 18,000 sq m (190,000 sq ft) of highly efficient, cost-effective office space, across four building plots, The Waterfront is one of the largest projects of its kind currently underway in the North of England, and has the potential to support up to 1,000 jobs.

Occupying a gateway setting with unique upgraded water frontage alongside the River Colne close to Huddersfield town centre, The Waterfront provides fantastic opportunities for a range of investors, developers, businesses and other organisations.

Marketed by agents GVA on behalf of Kirklees Council, Matthew Tootell, Director of National Markets, is delighted with enquiry levels so far, explaining; “the development has already attracted significant enquiries from a range of interested parties, with scope across the scheme for a range of uses including offices, hotel accommodation, leisure, retail and car parking. The development already has its first occupant in Kirklees College, and is a neighbour to the very successful and fully-let Folly Hall. The fact that there is an existing community right on the doorstep, together with the high quality public areas planned to take full advantage of the waterside location, make the site a particularly attractive development proposition.”

Striding ahead at Huddersfield’s Waterfront

A canal towpath, abandoned over 30 years ago, has been reinstated as part of a major re-development scheme in Huddersfield.

The new towpath runs for 350 metres alongside the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and connects with recently refurbished sections of towpath and link path.

A new footpath next to the River Colne has also been completed. As a result, pedestrians can now walk an attractive waterside route between Chapel Hill and Manchester Road at Longroyd Bridge.

The paths have been built for Kirklees Council using tarmac reclaimed from the site, and trees, bulbs, grass, and wildflowers have been planted. The works complement a newly-revealed section of the canal which had been in-filled in the 1970’s and then restored in 2001 in a tunnel when Sellers Engineers Ltd occupied the area.

The council’s landscape architects have undertaken the design in consultation with British Waterways. The paths have been built by main contractor Clugston Construction Ltd of Leeds, and the planting has been carried out by Grace Landscapes Ltd of Mirfield.

Highway improvements in Chapel Hill, including better street lighting, footways, and pedestrian crossings, and carried out by the council’s Streetcare Service, will be finished next winter.

The works form part of The Waterfront, a joint scheme between Kirklees Council and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Jacqui Gedman, Acting Director of Place at the council, said: “Waterside locations attract the development of land and buildings, so the improvements are an investment in Huddersfield’s future. The Waterfront promises to be the most exciting multi-purpose development scheme in the town for many years”.

The commercial land has outline planning permission for four buildings offering prime office space, some retailing, and a crèche, and the council has appointed agents GVA to market the opportunity to developers, investors, and occupiers. The Waterfront also includes a new campus for Kirklees College, under construction, and plans for residential accommodation.

Canal opens up for business at Huddersfield’s Waterfront

A fully restored section of canal, which will form the centrepiece of The Waterfront regeneration scheme in Huddersfield, has been unveiled.

A 350 metre stretch of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal (which previously ran in a tunnel through the site of Sellers Engineers Ltd) has been upgraded. The tunnel roof has been removed and a new lock built to lift the water to just below ground level. A passing place and a landing stage for boats, a vehicle bridge, and footbridges, have also been completed.

The project has been arranged by Kirklees Council under licence from British Waterways, following consultation with the Huddersfield Canal Society. It has been designed by consulting engineers Mason Clark Associates and built by main contractor Clugston Construction Ltd.

David Baldacchino, Waterway Manager (Manchester and Pennine) for British Waterways, said: “It is really fantastic to see the restoration of this section of canal which has been hidden away from society. The new waterfront in Huddersfield will be a must-see destination for visitors to the Huddersfield Narrow canal. We’re really looking forward to everyone having the opportunity to enjoy the waterside and hope that many more people will visit the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.”

In April the towpath between Chapel Hill and Manchester Road at Longroyd Bridge will be open for public use, and landscaping works will be completed.

Alan Stopher, Chair of the Huddersfield Canal Society, said: “The Society welcomes this latest landmark in the regeneration of the historic Huddersfield Narrow Canal. It just goes to show how the canal retains its relevance today over 200 years after its construction. After 11 years in a tunnel hidden from view to all but boaters, this ‘new’ stretch of canal is accessible to all.”

The improved canal will be the centrepiece of development at The Waterfront, a joint scheme between Kirklees Council, Yorkshire Forward, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Jacqui Gedman, Acting Director of Place at the council, said: “Waterside locations attract the development of land and buildings, so improvements to the canal are an investment in Huddersfield’s future. The Waterfront promises to be the most exciting multi-purpose development scheme in the town centre for many years”.

The commercial land has outline planning permission for four buildings offering prime office space, ancillary retailing, and a crèche, and the council has appointed agents GVA to market the opportunity to developers, investors, and occupiers. The Waterfront also includes a new campus for Kirklees College which is under construction, and plans for residential accommodation.

New lock gates to be installed at Huddersfield’s Waterfront

New lock gates are to be installed on Tuesday February 14 at The Waterfront in Huddersfield.

The gates are for a new lock which is being constructed on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Chapel Hill which will form part of works to lift water in the canal which previously ran in a tunnel beneath Sellers Engineers Ltd.

The improvements have been arranged by Kirklees Council under licence from British Waterways and will also include a new landing stage and passing place for boats. The canal works will be completed by the end of March.

The new lock gates have been built by Hargreaves Lock Gates of Halifax to a design by British Waterways and the main contractor for the canal works is Clugston Construction Ltd of Leeds. The gates will be installed by Hargreaves.

The improved canal will form the centrepiece of future commercial development at The Waterfront and is a joint project between the council and the former regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward.

Cllr Peter McBride, Cabinet member for Regeneration, said: “The work taking place on the canal will enhance The Waterfront scheme as a whole by improving the environment and enhancing the look and feel of the area, and help to attract developers and occupiers to the site.”

The Waterfront scheme covers 1.3 hectares and has outline planning permission for four buildings with total floor space of up to 18,100 sq m including offices, retail units and a crèche.

Highways works at Huddersfield’s Waterfront Quarter

Phase 1 of the works at the Manchester Road/Outcote Bank junction are progressing and should be complete by March 18 and Phase 2 on the ring road at Chapel Hill will start on February 20.

Phase 3 on Chapel Hill between Milford Street to St Thomas’ Road will follow in the summer this year. The works are set to include:

• Improved pedestrian crossing facilities on the ring road, Manchester Road and along Chapel Hill
• Resurfacing and re-kerbing pavements in the area
• Improvements to drainage, street lighting and traffic signs on Manchester Road and Chapel Hill.

The new crossings are part of the Waterfront Quarter Development including the Kirklees College building currently under construction. They will make the area safer for pedestrians travelling to and from the new college and local businesses in the area.

A project of this scale will inevitably result in some disruption but everything possible is being done to keep this to a minimum. Delays are expected so commuters are advised to use an alternative route if possible.

During construction there will be times when pedestrians will not be able to safely cross the ring road using the existing islands at the top of Chapel Hill. Pedestrians will be directed to safely cross the ring road using the two junctions nearby at Alfred Street and Outcote Bank.

It is anticipated that the all the works will be finished by November 18.

Jobs boost at Waterfront Quarter a step closer

Hundreds of new jobs could be on their way to Huddersfield after the town’s Waterfront Quarter scheme took another big step forward.

Kirklees Council has awarded a £2million contract to Clugston Construction Ltd to undertake major preparatory and landscaping works to a three-acre site in readiness for commercial development from 2012.

When complete, the land, which already has outline planning permission for four new buildings containing offices, shops, restaurants and bars, will be offered for sale to developers, creating several hundred new jobs.

Cllr Peter McBride, Lead Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “With work starting on the next phase of development, I am delighted to see that Huddersfield’s Waterfront Quarter is gaining considerable momentum.

“Construction of the new Kirklees College campus is right on schedule, with students expected to move in next year. And, as work on the site has progressed, it’s now easy to see how attractive the waterside location will be to other investors and developers.”

Work on the land being prepared for the second phase of development has begun with demolition of redundant industrial buildings.

It will also include significant upgrading of a section of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal which runs through the site.

The schedule of works, funded jointly by Kirklees Council and regional development agency Yorkshire Forward, includes the creation of a new lock, landing stage, and passing place, as well as exposing a stretch of the canal which currently passes through a tunnel.

A towpath for pedestrians and cyclists will be formed between Chapel Hill and Manchester Road at Longroyd Bridge. The improvements are expected to be completed by April 2012.

A scheme of highway works in Chapel Hill will follow later that year.

The final stage of development at the Waterfront Quarter will be the creation of residential apartments on land currently owned by Sellers International Ltd.

Cllr McBride added: “Huddersfield’s emerging Waterfront Quarter is transforming a previously neglected and much-underrated part of the town.

“The influx of students, offices, shops, bars and restaurants – all located together in such an attractive setting – will create new jobs and breathe new life into this part of our town. This is great news for local people.”