Context 170 - December 2021

42 C O N T E X T 1 7 0 : D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 1 detailed laser scan of the building. The data was used to create a 3D BIM (building information model) replica of the building and its historic features, providing an archaeological record.The model facilitated the design of the conversion and provides the university with information to guide future maintenance and refurbishment. The use of BIM also allowed the designers to undertake clash detection between the designs from various disciplines, which can not always be fully identified in 2D and can lead to issues arising when work begins on site. A range of further surveys included those for condition, structure, damp, asbestos and underground utilities. The structural survey determined that the existing roof was beyond repair and that the external walls had to be partially rebuilt. The use of local stone for the external walls is a distinguishing feature, setting the bath house apart from brick-built pithead baths of similar style. The refurbishment work was carried out on a live campus and at the same time as the construction of the nearby Barbara Hepworth building, also designed by AHR. This required careful planning to minimise impact on student life and teaching. During the design process, many stakeholder groups were invited to participate and contrib- ute, helping the team to ensure that the repur- posed building would fulfil their requirements. An important contributor was Nic Clear, dean of the school of art design and architecture, an architect, writer and curator who has designed and curated a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions. The Huddersfield Civic Society was consulted, as were students, the general public and workers who had previously used the building as a working bath house. The BIM model enabled end users from a non-technical background to visualise and understand the design proposals. The building now showcases students’ work and is used as a meeting space for staff, stu- dents and the public. It has become a highly valued part of the university’s campus, and of Huddersfield’s historic and cultural fabric. The Toast House Cafe, prominently featuring the original lockers The off‐centre tower, formerly housing the water tank, was in a dilapidated condition. Paul Kenyon is business development manager at AHR.