Oastler Building University of Huddersfield


The Brief

University of Huddersfield wanted to create a landmark teaching facility in the heart of Huddersfield. Morgan Sindall were appointed to deliver this project.

The Oastler building at the University of Huddersfield will home various faculties and provide a link to the Student Central Building. The building would be 7,500 m² at a height of six storeys opposite the Shorehead roundabout. The structure consists of a dramatic design, comprising of a prominent curved frontage.

Our Approach

  • BIM was used to create a Common Data Environment enhancing and streamlining the design and construction process for our client.
  • The curvaceous three-dimensional form of the building is defined by 42 architectural fins. These fins rise over the upper storeys, defining the architectural language of the new academic facility.
  • The shape of the Oastler building was inspired by a ships prow. This meant that the design and fabrication of these members was pivotal to creating this faux curvature.

Oastler Building University of Huddersfield


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The Outcomes

We were given an excellent rating by the project leader. He especially highlighted our ‘Site Performance’ and ‘Working Relationship’. Our Chief designer was commended for his outstanding assistance in helping the main contractor.

The building, upon completion, won the LABC Building Excellence award in Education category in 2017. 

As well as this the building was awarded a BREEAM ‘Excellent and EPC A Rating which we are proud to be part of sustainable construction projects. This building has achieved a 28% reduction in carbon usage compared to a standard equivalent building.  

“It is situated at a strategic point and will be a landmark structure on the campus that will certainly impress those passing”
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Colin Blair
University of Huddersfield's Director of Estates
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