The venue for this year’s conference is the stunning new multi-million pound David Hockney building of Bradford College. The conference venue is extremely fitting as the new £60m David Hockney campus is, itself, a symbol of the city’s regeneration. Bradford College’s new multi-million pound campus was ready to welcome learners in September 2014, providing an innovative and technology rich learning environment in the heart of the city.
The eco-friendly campus design has a light and airy feel and is sympathetic to the large-scale mill and warehouse buildings that characterise parts of Bradford. The new campus, named after famous Bradford College alumnus and internationally acclaimed artist, David Hockney has transformed the learner experience using new styles of learning, which embrace cutting edge technologies.
The David Hockney Building at Bradford College has been nominated for a number of awards, including the BIM4SME Awards, Concrete Society Awards, West Yorkshire LABC Building Excellence Awards, and the Construction News Awards. The building has also been selected to feature on the front of the Graphisoft ArchiCAD 19 box cover and CD packaging, as a signature building in the industry. ArchiCAD software is an international product, which means The David Hockney Building is been seen on a global scale.
Realistic work environments are open to the public, with opportunities to showcase learning activity through open plan areas. With the college’s learners in mind, students were consulted to find out what they wanted to see in the new build. Measuring 23,000m² in size, the new six-storey building sweeps up Great Horton Road and has been built on the College’s former city centre sites (Westbrook Building) and Randall Well Building.
The David Hockney Building is the second phase of Bradford College’s Accommodation Strategy. The first phase involved the development of Trinity Green Campus in 2008, a state-of-the-art building which houses the Engineering, Construction and Sport curriculum areas. The College’s new build has replaced the Westbrook and McMillan Buildings. The Westbrook Building will be demolished and the remaining buildings will either be sold or put to other use.
The College plans to retain Lister Building, Bolton Royd and Trinity Green Campus and the Old Building which now houses the Bradford College Film School. The College has planned a £2.8m refurbishment and extension of the Lister Building which will accommodate a library, café and exhibition area. Access to this state-of-the-art venue has taken the technological functions of the Bradford Business Conference to new levels with the event set to be shared online with a potential audience of over a million viewers.
With the assistance of technology students, touch screens and interactive boards will allow delegates to navigate through the conference and view information on seminars, speakers and exhibitors throughout the day.