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Hunter Douglas contribute to BREEAM rated college building in Huddersfield

Kirklees Technical College is due to open a brand new, state of the art campus at the Waterfront Quarter in Huddersfield.

The £74m development will replace the New North Road site with a nine storey learning centre for thousands of students. The development covers 24,000 square metres.

Hunter Douglas were approached by the project developers with an interest in specifying their Quadroclad facade system. The aluminium panels were installed horizontally with integrated recessed aluminium windows.


Architects Broadway Malyan designed the ‘stepped’ ribbon windows in the new learning centre. This meant that Hunter Douglas had to supply ribbon runs of windows, with random steps of elevation.

The centre will feature four training kitchens, six business suites, an aircraft cabin simulator and a fully equipped gym. The building has achieved a BREEAM rating of excellent.

The panels and windows used in the build were specified in an anodised finish to guarantee a durable, low maintenance end product.

As one of only thirteen colleges in England given funding by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), the campus will offer first class education and training opportunities.

Vice Principal, Melanie Brooke said: “The new campus has been created with one thing in mind – providing students with 21st century learning facilities and resources. All our decisions have been taken with the best interests of learners at the very heart.


Hunter Douglas pride themselves on their innovative, eco-friendly building solutions. The Quadroclad facade system protects the building envelope whilst offering a distinctive, modern aesthetic.

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