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Austin-Smith:Lord gets to work on Yorkshire warehouse

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Construction has started on Austin-Smith:Lord's (ASL's) ambitious £15 million revamp of the long-abandoned Grade-II St George's Warehouse opposite Huddersfield train station.

The scheme will convert the five-storey, 1870 landmark - which is currently on English Heritage's Buildings at Risk register - into a 15,000m2 office complex with space for up to 1,500 workers.

According to the practice, the greatest challenge for the project team has been bringing light into the heart of the wide, brick-built warehouse which has stood empty for the last 10 years.

To overcome this ASL has designed a new glazed roof and atrium space to allow natural light into the centre of the development, which will later include a four-star hotel, retail and leisure space.

Clive Panter, director with ASL, said: 'Creative reuse of historic buildings is always a challenge, and the Grade II-listed warehouse is no exception. Its prominence upon arriving by train in Huddersfield, and proximity to the Grade I-listed station building, require any proposals to be sympathetic to the existing architecture.

'The scheme therefore proposes minimum interventions in the existing fabric.'

by Richard Waite

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