On September 29th, the newly completed STEAM Studios, designed by SPACE Architects, officially opened its doors in Hull.
The project entailed the transformation of the former Hull Central Fire Station into a state-of-the-art creative hub for the growing student population of Ron Dearing UTC. The building, located within the Georgian New Town Conservation Area, has been thoughtfully converted into a cutting-edge facility that includes a gallery and exhibition space, digital and photography studios, 2D and 3D studios, as well as an additional independent study centre for sixth-form students.
The facility aims to equip Ron Dearing UTC students with the necessary skills and experience to thrive in the creative industries and beyond. It will also be used to educate engineering students about opportunities in renewable energy, with the renewable energy aspects of the engineering curriculum now being taught in the Ørsted Digital Laboratory in STEAM Studios.
Councillor Linda Tock, Hull City Council's Portfolio Holder for Children's Services, said:"The council is delighted by the expansion of Ron Dearing UTC into the repurposed Central Fire Station. The transformation is quite incredible and is sure to inspire learners' creativity."
The project has been funded by Ørsted, a leading renewable energy company, as well as other Founding and Major UTC Partners. The Department for Education's (DfE) Post-16 Capacity Fund has also provided additional funding for the project. Thanks to this investment, the school's capacity has increased from 600 to 800 students.