Iconic Huddersfield building on the market for £1.25 million

Iconic Huddersfield building on the market for £1.25 million

One of Huddersfield’s most iconic buildings, the Grade 2-listed Highfields in New North Road has been put on the market for £1.25 million.

The historic building, which was originally Huddersfield College, is being sold by Kirklees College.

Highfields, which comprises two interlinked buildings covering 33,343 sq ft, most recently housed the college’s Drama, Music and Creative Arts department.

Mike Dove, partner with Leeds-based property consultancy Dove Haigh Phillips (DHP), who is advising Kirklees College, commented: “It is rare that such a lovely heritage building, in a self-contained setting, so close to a bustling town centre, comes on to the market.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to buy wonderful premises in a prime location in a premier Yorkshire town.”      

Melanie Brooke, deputy principal of Kirklees College commented: “We are delighted to bring this splendid building the market following the relocation of our performing arts department to our new state-of-the-art Waterfront Campus.”

Mr Dove added: “The two interlinked buildings have amazing potential. They are capable of sub-division, each with their own on-site parking.

“We believe Highfields will have multi-market appeal, with exciting residential, cultural and business uses. It has the winning combination of a contemporary ambience in a heritage setting.

The Grade 2-listed building, which overlooks the A629 at its junction with Highfield Road, is only a short distance from Huddersfield Ring Road and close to Junction 24 of the M62. 

The original Huddersfield College building is linked to a former residential property at the rear with a glazed area and access lifts.

Mr Dove explained: “As Highfields was previously used for teaching music and drama, it has some fascinating internal space, including a number of studios and performance areas. This enhances its appeal, as does the extensive on-site parking.”

“In summary, this is an amazing investment opportunity with development potential and we are expecting serious interest. The closing date for offers is December 14.”

The main three-storey building comprises 25,767 sq ft of quality space, while the residential building at the rear, which is also three stories, has 6,464 sq ft of space.  

The original Huddersfield College was opened in 1839. The building cost £5,000, and, according to a local historian, “form a handsome structure of stone, in the later English style.

“In the centre is the grand hall with projecting turrets at the angles and an embattled parapet crowned by pinnacles.”