HRH Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO, was the guest of honour at the grand opening of the David Hockney Building, Bradford College’s £50 million investment.
During his visit, The Duke was taken on a tour of the building, during which he had the opportunity to meet and talk to the construction and project teams responsible for the creation of the building, as well as the students and staff that frequent the classrooms and communal areas. His Royal Highness was also shown the impressive facilities in the building, including the 3D printing facilities, hair, beauty and spa areas and multimedia equipment zones.
The David Hockney Building’s multi-million pound development constitutes 23,000 square metres, and is used not only for teaching and staff facilities, but has also been used to host several large-scale corporate functions this year. The city-centre campus also boasts an AA Rosette-holding restaurant, a spa & hair salon and a state-of-the-art media centre. It has been build both sustainably and sympathetically to the local architecture, and has won several awards in the short space of time it has been open.
The David Hockney Building is significant not only for the College, but for Bradford as an entity, and on behalf of the College, I would like to say that we feel honoured to receive the royal recognition for our hard work
Andy Welsh, CEO of the Bradford College Group, said: “The event celebrates the completion and bringing into operation of this magnificent learning facility for the people and employers of Bradford. Bradford College has served both the local community and the employer community for over 180 years, and through this building and other investments we will ensure we continue to deliver technical and professional education in a modern and responsive way in the decades ahead.
“We are delighted that the Duke opened 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 David Hockney Building is significant not only for the College, but for Bradford as an entity, and on behalf of the College, I would like to say that we feel honoured to receive the royal recognition for our hard work.”