Project managing the new David Hockney building at acclaimed artist’s former school

We are celebrating the formal opening of the multi-million pound David Hockney building at the artist’s former school Bradford College. HRH Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, was on hand to provide a royal seal of approval.

We provided the school with project management, cost management and CDM coordinator consultancy services for the construction of the 23,000m2 six-storey building, named after David Hockney – considered to be one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

We also managed the ongoing design development on the project, working alongside the architect, and monitored construction through to project completion. 

The brand new state-of-the-art campus, which has replaced the majority of the College’s old estate, includes mixed cellular and open teaching spaces with specialist areas such as teaching kitchens, hair and beauty salons, and science laboratories.

The David Hockney Building has used an eco-friendly design, making reference to the large-scale mill and warehouse buildings that characterise the heritage of Bradford. So far it has already been nominated for a string of awards, including the BIM4SME Awards, Concrete Society Awards, West Yorkshire LABC Building Excellence Awards, and the Construction News Awards.

Stewart Binns, Director said:
“It’s been an honour to be involved in something so pivotal as the creation of this new learning space at Bradford College, which should inspire, move and motivate students for generations to come. 

“The redesigned campus will take the delivery of learning and education to a new era, and require academics and teachers to think laterally about how they engage with faculty space. 

“By embracing this unique building, Bradford College is putting Yorkshire firmly on the map with its innovative approach to learning environments.“

Andy Welsh, Group Chief Executive Officer for the Bradford College Group, said:
“We’re delighted that the Duke of Gloucester has been able to open the David Hockney Building. It’s very fitting after all the hard work, good faith and investment that has gone into the construction of the campus.

“The new building marks the future of Bradford College, and the innovative way our students will learn and develop during their time here. The building is significant not only for the College but for Bradford as a whole, and on behalf of the College I would like to say that we feel honoured to receive royal recognition for our hard work.”