About Hymers College
The college was founded in 1893 following the death of the mathematician and rector John Hymers. When he died he left a substantial amount of money for a school to be built ‘for the training of intelligence in whatever social rank of life it may be found among the vast and varied population of the town and port of Hull.
Originally a boys school, it admitted two girls in 1972 and is now fully co-ed.
Set 18 hectares of the old Botanic Gardens of Hull, Hymers educates about 950 pupils aged 8–18 and has around 100 teachers.
Old alumni include prominent sportspeople, diplomats, actors, and academics. The renowned physicist Edward Milne, who worked with Albert Einstein on the problem of the expanding universe, also attended the college.
The hockey pitch at the college needed a complete make-over – this included resurfacing and replacing the old lighting system. So, they appointed S&C Slatter, a sports construction specialist, to oversee the entire project. After a competitive tender, S&C Slatter appointed Midstream to handle the lighting element of the job.
The brief for the new floodlighting was to:
- Replace the current Christy’s metal halide lighting, which was old, expensive to run, and required a lot of costly maintenance, with a state-of-the-art LED system.
- Keep the costs as low as could be by using the masts Christy had installed if possible.
- Achieve a 350 Lux lighting level with an overall uniformity of 0.7, to meet the requirements specified at club hockey level.
This all needed to be delivered in April 2021, whilst the COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing.