Ron Dearing UTC to increase student numbers
Welcome to the first newsletter for the Ron Dearing UTC reconfiguration and Central Fire Station expansion. This project is being delivered in partnership with Hull Esteem Consortium LEP ltd.
Sewell Construction has been appointed to reconfigure the UTC’s existing building in Kingston Square, including two new science labs and a Sixth Form Independent Study Centre, which will enable the employer-led school to welcome a further 80 students from September.
A new hi-tech learning centre will also be created in the former Central Fire Station next to the school. This will be home to an exhibition centre, a Renewables Innovation Lab, a Sixth Form Centre and a state-of-the-art Centre for Creativity know as “STEAM Studios”, representing the school’s specialisms in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths. The team and other partners are working to ensure the former Central Fire Station retains its original character and has the lowest possible carbon footprint.
Opening in June 2023, STEAM Studios will comprise of three art and design studios, a ceramics studio, a MAC computer suite, recording studio, film-making facilities, as well as exhibition and performance spaces. Once complete, this facility will enable an additional 120 students to attend Ron Dearing.
The overall expansion will enable an additional 200 students to study Level 3 qualifications in engineering, creative and digital, and provide local industry with 100 highly skilled and qualified potential employees.
We’ll be providing regular updates on site progress throughout the duration of the project, as well as insights into how students are playing a key role in shaping the expansion.
Take a look at our Building Information Modelling (BIM) walk-through to get a feel for what the expansion and reconfiguration will look like.