Grade II-listed building to house Kirklees College

Kirklees College has appointed us to provide Building and M&E Clerk of Works services for the £4m renovation of Pioneer House, a Grade II-listed building on Northgate, Dewsbury – to house students at Kirklees College.

Pioneer House was originally built in 1878 by the Dewsbury Pioneers’ Industrial Society, a co-operative society founded in 1857. It acted as their headquarters and Co-operative Central Store, with stabling facilities to the rear of the building. Over the years, the building has been home to a wide variety of tenants, including a theatre, cinema, library, French polishers, butchers, cobblers and a renowned Italian restaurant.

The building’s interior of colourful tiles, stained glass partitions, period ornate ceilings and intricate carved woodwork are a few of the unique features being retained in the refurbishment. Visually the building has some interesting elevations, the shop frontages are being retained while the inside has been remodelled into classroom spaces. The side and rear elevations are mill buildings including period stone archways and a tower clock.

The building is one of the centrepieces of the ‘Dewsbury will be regenerated’ scheme and provides space for 1,500 students at Kirklees College on courses in Art and Design, Digital Media, Creative and Healthcare.

“Our appointed Clerks of Works are providing 40 weeks of Quality Site Inspections at the Kirklees College development to champion quality on site. They are acting on behalf of Kirklees College to inspect and report on all areas of construction to help maintain quality standards, identify costly defects, delays and to reduce risk.”

Operations Manager, Jonathan King

Over the last 29 years we have worked with a diverse client portfolio across the UK to ensure that construction projects are built and delivered to a high-quality standard. To speak to our technical team about quality, please contact us on 01226 743959 or visit www.hickton.co.uk