David Hockney Building, Bradford College

Transforming learning for Bradford students

Named in honour of its most famous alumnus — one of the world's greatest living painters — the new David Hockney Building at Bradford College replaces outdated facilities and brings several of the city centre faculties into one building.

The eco-friendly campus design has a light and airy feel, and is sympathetic to the large-scale mill and warehouse buildings that characterise parts of Bradford.

With a floor area of 23,000m², the new six-storey building sweeps up Great Horton Road and has been built on the College’s former city centre sites (Westbrook Building and Randall Well Building).

It was business as usual for the College as we built their stunning facilities over two years, and now we are currently demolishing the Westbrook and Kent buildings, to provide car parking and public space.

In consultation with the students and staff, we designed a new build with plenty of natural light provided both by the central atrium and the many external windows. We created unique open-plan computer laboratories, building-wide wi-fi and a cafe and kitchen that can be used as training classrooms for those looking for a future in catering and hospitality.

Project details

  • Customer: Bradford College
  • Contractor: BAM Construction
  • Architect: Bond Bryan Architects
  • Quantity Surveyor: Turner & Townsend
  • Project Manager: Turner & Townsend
  • Structural engineer: SKM
  • Services Engineer: BAM Services Engineering
  • M&E: Crouch, Perry & Wilkes
  • Value: £35.5m
  • Completion date: March 2015

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An integrated approach from day one

We put collaboration and efficiency at the heart of our approach and challenged the original brief to truly understand how the college wanted to operate.

To help the college understand the different design options, we mocked up several thermal models, showing the way different systems would heat and cool the building, and we also used a Building Information Model (BIM) to integrate the architectural, structural and services designs into a 3D model.

By incorporating the college’s services early in the design, we were able to plan construction activities more efficiently.

Boosting local employment and training

From day one, we committed to employing local labour and suppliers, recruiting ten people from the surrounding area and spending 55% of our subcontracting budget with local companies. We also provided supervisor training, leadership, management and advanced health and safety training for our subcontractors..

Through our National Construction Skills Academy programme, we organised 113 activities to support the curriculum of Bradford College students, and welcomed 19 work placement students to site. Two apprentices worked with us on site.