Duke of York unveils foundation stone for University of Huddersfield building

The Duke of York was at the University of Huddersfield on Wednesday to unveil the foundation stone for a new building at the site. The Duke, who is Chancellor of the University, took part in a short ceremony alongside the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Thornton, to mark the commencement of construction work on the £30 million Barbara Hepworth Building.


The building is named after Barbara Hepworth, the West Yorkshire born sculptor whose work exemplified Modernism and in particular modern sculpture. Along with artists such as Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo, Hepworth was a leading figure in the colony of artists who resided in St Ives during the Second World War.

The new Barbara Hepworth Building will be the new home for the study of art, design and architecture and will overlook the Huddersfield Narrow Canal that runs through the heart of the University campus. The development of the building marks the start of the University’s western expansion of the former Thomas Broadbent and Sons site, which was cleared in 2016.

The University wasn’t Prince Andrew’s only stop in Huddersfield. He took the opportunity to attend the Huddersfield heat of the Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace event, a competition that gives up and coming entrepreneurs the chance to meet well-established business people who can help them as potential mentors, advisers, investors and distributors.

The Duke of York founded Pitch@Palace in 2014 as a way of recognising the profound role that Entrepreneurship is playing and will continue to play in the future of the United Kingdom and global economy.

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