Historic prime development site for sale in Middlesbrough

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A historic Middlesbrough college, where scores of talented Teessiders started their journey to fame and fortune, is up for sale.

The Northern School of Art (formerly Cleveland College of Art & Design) in Acklam will relocate later this year when students and staff move to a new three-storey £14.5m campus opposite the BBC studios and bus station near the town centre.

The old site – which is more than two acres in size – is now on the market for offers in excess of £900,000 and, subject to planning consent, has been identified as suitable for residential development, a care home or offices.

The sale is being handled by North East commercial property agents Dodds Brown.

“This is a fantastic opportunity and it’s a real win/win for everybody who’s going to benefit,” said senior partner Stephen Brown.

“The new campus is going to be in a more suitable location and provide all the facilities for The Northern School of Art to increase its intake of college students and go from strength to strength.

“Its old home provides the ideal space for a modern and high-quality development which is more in keeping with the surrounding area.”

The Northern School of Art has had a base in Middlesbrough for nearly 150 years.

Its famous former students include the artist Mackenzie Thorpe, photographer Boo George, fashion designers Natalie and Danielle Futo and Olivia Rose and rock star David Coverdale.

The school runs a range of A-levels, diplomas, industry-focussed degrees and postgraduate courses across its Middlesbrough and Hartlepool campuses for students who wish to make a career in the film, theatre, television, art or design industries.

The campus in Green Lane was built in the 1960s. Middlesbrough councillors were told it had “reached the end of its economic life” when they met to consider plans for the new site.

Alongside its other campus in Hartlepool, The Northern School of Art is the only specialist art and design school in the North East and one of just a few in the country.

As well as its plans for Middlesbrough, The Northern School of Art announced last month that it was building a £3.76m commercial film and TV studios in Hartlepool, with both projects being supported by funding from the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority.