Cleveland College of Art and Design’s (CCAD) new multi-million teaching facility in Hartlepool has been officially opened by Professor Madeleine Atkins CBE, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the organisation which funds and regulates universities and higher education colleges in England.
The leading northern arts school unveiled its state-of-the-art building – 1 Church Street – at an opening ceremony attended by Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, local dignitaries and the college board of governors, alongside partners and developers involved in the £11m project.
Professor Atkins, who was the former Pro-Vice Chancellor of University of Newcastle and Vice-Chancellor of Coventry University, welcomed the impressive development of the university-level specialist art and design college.
Professor Atkins said: “Cleveland College of Art and Design is a key player in the regeneration of Hartlepool and these exciting new teaching facilities here at 1 Church Street are further proof of this important role.
“For the past three years CCAD has had the best graduate employability of any specialist art and design provider in the UK at 96.7 percent, the result of the College’s impressive strategic focus on preparing students for creative careers.
“No 1 Church Street is a great campus for its specialist resources and dedicated studio spaces, and CCAD is up there with the very best of the higher education institutions in the country. Here in this building we see even more key evidence of the college anchoring itself within Hartlepool and the Church St facilities are absolutely fantastic.
“We recognise this ‘jewel’ of a college in creating a major hub for the creative industries, and I would like to congratulate everyone at CCAD on the continued success led by the Principal Martin Raby and his senior team.”
The new building at No 1 Church Street provides 45,000 sq. ft. of teaching and administration space for degree courses such as Fine Art, Production Design for Stage and Screen, Textiles and Surface Design, Contemporary Textile Products, Photographic Practice (with Moving Image) and Film, TV and Theatre Production
Funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the campus facilities include flexible studio space, two seven-metre double-height studios for photography and TV or film work, a refectory area and galley, ensuring students can access the highest level of creative industry education in the north east and across the UK for many years to come.
Tees Mayor Houchen said: “CCAD has been at the heart of our creative economy for generations, and has equipped thousands of people from our region to make a difference in the arts and industry.
“This significant investment by the combined authority in this state-of-the-art facility will provide opportunities for young people in Hartlepool and the wider areas for years to come, as well as securing Tees Valley’s reputation as a centre of creativity recognised throughout the UK.”
CCAD was recently awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework in recognition of its outstanding quality of teaching at its university-level campus in Hartlepool, making it the top art school in the UK.
CCAD is also redeveloping its current Church Square facilities which will see the main building on Church Square develop into a library and lecture theatre.