Hull College is a further education college based in Kingston upon Hull, England.
Hull College is operated by Hull College Group, which operates three centres in the city located in Queen’s Gardens, Cannon Street, and within the KCOM Stadium. It also operates centres in Goole and Harrogate. The group purports to have a turnover of at least £60 million, 1,200 staff members and 25,000 students across its campuses.
The main bulk of courses in Hull are run in an eight-storey tower block overlooking Queen’s Gardens. Built in the 1950s, the block is an example of brutalist architecture. An £11 million extension housing a learning resource centre was opened in 2004 and financed jointly by Yorkshire Forward and the Learning and Skills Council. During the construction of this in 2003, a time capsule was buried within its foundations. There is also a smaller building situated next to the tower block, known as the Wilberforce. In 2012, this was converted into the Hull Studio School. Following the school’s closure in 2014, the building was reverted back into classrooms for further education courses. The site is also home to the Hull School of Art and Design, which was founded in 1861 and currently offers higher education courses. The school is housed in 1970s buildings, adjacent to the tower block. Further education courses in Art and Design were previously offered at the college’s former Park Street site until June 2016, when the building was sold off. There is a monument dedicated to politician William Wilberforce, a 102-foot (31 m) Greek Doric column topped by a statue of Wilberforce stands in the Queen’s Gardens grounds. In 1967, the college took over the former Carthusian monastery known as the Charterhouse, converting part of the building into an annex of the college. By 2015, the site had been relinquished. In 2003, the college unveiled a building known as the Horncastle as part of the Queen’s Gardens site. Housing drama, media and musical courses, it has a 200-seat theatre allowing performing arts students to put on shows for the general public. Students also have access to drama studios, a radio suite and an operational television studio. Architects DLA Interiors were responsible for the design of all public areas, including the refectory and classrooms.
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