World class arts facilities draw closer in Hull

Published: Thursday 12th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Work has begun on the latest phase of a project that will bring world-class arts facilities to the University of Hull.

Being carried out by local construction company Houlton, t he £9.5 million redevelopment of the university’s Middleton Hall is set to be finished late next year ahead of Hull’s UK City of Culture tenure in 2017.

Facilities will include a surround-sound cinema, an industry-standard recording studio, rehearsal facilities and a concert hall with more than 400 seats, as well as a café and new entrance.

Permanent cameras are to be installed in the concert hall, enabling performances to be streamed on the internet and watched live around the world.

The project has already seen the installation of sound equipment to rival that found in leading studios such as London’s world famous Abbey Road facility.

Professor Alastair Borthwick, the university’s head of drama, music and screen, says the project is already helping to boost student recruitment.

Middleton Hall was built in 1967 and is located by the entrance to the university’s campus.

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Published: Thursday 12th November 2015 by The News Editor

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