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Refurbishment of Hull School of Art & Design completed

The £3m scheme, designed by Seven Architecture, saw Sewell Construction overhaul the 1970s building inside 20 weeks

Posted by Julian Owen | January 18, 2019 | Bricks & mortar

A refurbishment of Hull School of Art & Design has been completed by Sewell Construction. Working to plans drawn up by Seven Architecture, the overhaul of the 1970s block incorporated re-roofing, re-glazing, internal upgrades, and a series of hard and soft landscaping works.

The £3m scheme – which also includes improvements to the thermal efficiencies of the roof and windows – was finished within 20 weeks, in a bid to minimise disruption to students.

The school is located partly within the Old Town conservation area, with the North Walls footpath – which runs adjacent to the building - forming the line along which the 14th century fortifications ran. This route has now become a pedestrian link between the city centre, Queens Gardens campus and riverside.

Simon Parker, director at Seven Architecture, said: “By upgrading the elevations and landscaping we’ve been able to create an attractive frontage to the school, which now makes a positive contribution to the surrounding context and the character of the conservation area. Forming a logical approach to the internal layout has also made full use of the building’s assets and now offers greater flexibility for the college.”

Lucy Francis, director of Hull School of Art and Design, said: “We are moving into a new era for the school, with more emphasis on design and the creative industries, ensuring that our graduates form the next generation of innovators for our city. 

“The new building refurbishment offers a contemporary space for this work to begin, and marks another chapter in the history of the school, which was founded in 1861.”

Geoff Smith, project manager at Sewell Construction, said: “Careful consideration had to be given at the planning stage regarding the aesthetic appearance of the building. The building is well recognised in the Hull area, and known as an education hub in the heart of the city, so we’re proud to have been a part of its latest transformation.”

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