College site to become boys’ Islamic school

Kirklees College's Batley centre will become a boys' Islamic school. (d31011255)

Kirklees College's Batley centre will become a boys' Islamic school. (d31011255)

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Kirklees College’s Batley centre has sold after almost two years on the market.

The Grade II listed building, the college’s former adult education centre, has been bought by the Al Hashim Academy.

The educational charity plans to open an Islamic secondary school for boys and will also use the former technical college for adult learning, youth activities and humanitarian works.

The charity is asking for donations towards its new premises and hopes to complete the sale in March.

A fundraising appeal for the new school on the Al Hashim Academy website hopes to raise £415,000.

Property consultancy Doug Haigh Phillips said there had been a number of other offers for both the 27,400 sq ft building and its surrounding land but Al Hashim Academy’s was the highest.

Partner Mike Haigh said: “It was a good price, it’s what we were hoping for. We were looking for offers in the region of £500,000. It has sold to a local charity and will be used for education, which out client is delighted about.”

He added that the charity had raised a substantial amount of money 
for the Cambridge Street campus already.

The site spreads over 1.28 acres and has space for parking up to 75 cars, as well as a state of the art lecture theatre.

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