Houlton successfully completed and handed over it's part of the £9.5m refurbishment project with the last phase of Middleton Hall refurbishment.
The project on the University’s Cottingham Road Campus, was the continuation of our long standing relationship with The University of Hull. It also provided the opportunity to work with the University team once again, and architect Westray Keith Phelps Ltd to deliver this important University building which stands prominent at the main entrance to the Campus.
Middleton Hall is now a world-class cultural venue. The centrepiece of the multi-million pound campus redevelopment and is a world-class 400-seater concert hall. The versatile events space can be adapted to host theatre productions and surround-sound cinema screenings, and is complemented by a new Arts Cafe.
The hall, originally completed in 1967, was designed by Sir Leslie Martin in a ‘modernist' style. The design drew many admirers for its clever utilisation of natural light, simple yet sturdy brick massing and careful attention to detail. Consequently the building was recently listed which influenced the final approved design.
The project comprised of the construction of a new entrance foyer and side café together with the complete remodelling of the Auditorium to accommodate 400+ patrons, ancillary stores etc., a new Creative Area link to the adjacent Larkin Building at ground floor level.
The first phase of the refurbishment work was previously completed by Houlton when new recording studios including an Ambisonic Room, Rehearsal Room, Live Room and Control Room were created at the lower ground floor level with a plant room for this second phase formed at ground floor level.
These facilities, and the wider development of Middleton Hall, will provide an attractive venue for music, theatre and screen productions, with modern facilities for students, staff, and visiting artists.