Specialist northern arts college Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) is looking to the future needs of the ever growing creative industries with an £11m investment in its university-level campus in Hartlepool.
The college is planning to build on its success as a leading creative centre of excellence with its new multi-million-pound development taking shape on Church Street.
The college’s state-of-the-art teaching, studio and workshop facility is now well underway, ensuring future generations of artists and designers can access the highest level of creative industry education in the north east and across the UK.
For the past two years the college has been rated joint number one in the UK for art and design graduate employability*, placing it well to meet the expected demand for 900,000 new graduate jobs in the creative sector by 2020.
Not only will this investment in additional studio and teaching space keep the college at the forefront of art and design education in the UK, but the development of the campus is a keystone in the regeneration of the Victorian Church Street area as a centre for innovation and the creative industries.
The college is working in close partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council and only last month plans were submitted for a creative enterprise facility in the Grade II Listed former post office on Whitby Street housing up to 100 creative professionals in 31 new start-up businesses (due to open later in 2018).
The university-level campus also has ambitious plans for growth over the coming years, with further degrees and student accommodation in the pipeline, which will reinforce its track record as the premier specialist art college in the north.
With the new build well in progress, CCAD will continue to offer a unique and inspiring learning environment supported by dedicated high calibre staff, many of whom are practicing artists or creative professionals, and students and graduates will further benefit from the intimate and creative atmosphere.
Principal Martin Raby said: “I’m delighted that this project will enable the college to expand whilst offering exceptional quality new facilities to students, who will enjoy a highly appealing studio environment, as befits undergraduates at one of the few specialist schools of art in the country.”
Councillor Kevin Cranney, chair of Hartlepool Council’s Regeneration Services Committee, added: “Hartlepool Council is delighted to be working in partnership with Cleveland College of Art & Design on this magnificent new college campus and other significant developments for the area.
“The development is an integral part of our ambition to create a thriving creative industries sector in the Church Street area where students from our local colleges can hone their skills, creating employment and future prosperity for the town.”
With funding from Tees Valley Combined Authority, the new 50,000 sq ft building will contain a mixture of flexible studio spaces with a range of industry standard workshops and digital suites. It will also feature two seven metre double-height studios for photography and TV/film, a refectory area, gallery and administration space.
Created on the site of the former Lynn Street bus depot, the three-storey building will host a number of degree programmes for students.
The new campus will be complete by Easter 2017 in time to host some of the graduate shows, with full occupancy in September the same year.
Working in partnership with Esh Construction, project managers Turner and Townsend, architects Howarth Litchfield and engineers Cundall, the building’s striking design features innovative materials, including poly-chromatic cladding which changes colour depending on the viewing angle.
• Pictured (top, left to right): Pat Chapman, CCAD Head of Employability and External Relations; John McManus, Esh Project Manager, CCAD Principal Martin Raby, Gill Alexander, Hartlepool Borough Council Chief Executive; Stuart Slorach, CCAD Vice Principal; Denise Ogden, Hartlepool Borough Council Director of Regeneration and Neighbourhoods; Cllr Kevin Cranney, Hartlepool Borough Council, Chair of Regeneration Committee; Linda Edworthy, Tees Valley Unlimited, Director of Strategy and Investment; Geoff Brown, Turner and Townsend Area Manager); Paul Skelton, CCAD Head of Academic Planning; Alex Brydon, Cundall Associate Director; Guy Morgan, Cundall, Structural Engineer; and Elisa Berry, Howarth Litchfield Director.