A NEW college that will take creative industries education in the North East to the next level is becoming a reality thanks to construction company Esh Build, part of the Esh Group.

13th October 2016

Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) has commissioned the £6.6million project in Hartlepool to create fit-for-purpose facilities for a 21st century arts school, to house degree level courses, previously not available in the region.

The College needed additional teaching space and has ambitious plans to become the premier specialist college in the North – increasing its student numbers by 300 to 900 by 2017 and to 1,500 by 2025.

Work has started on the project which will be key to the North East’s creative sector after Esh Build were selected to deliver the project. Paul Redman, Divisional Director of Esh Build, said: “This is a really exciting project – not least because as a company we are so committed to nurturing talent and helping young people – who are the future of the region.

“There are a number of facets to the building, including a two story teaching building with link corridor to refurbished existing space, and a three story bespoke workshop and studio space on the site of the former Lynn Street Depot.

“This will be an impressive building – because its design is innovative and interesting – befitting a college of art and design. For example we are using photo-chromatic cladding which changes colour depending on the viewing angle.

But also because it will be home to the region’s most creative minds for years to come – and Esh Build is proud to be part of its delivery.

- Paul Redman

“This will be an impressive building – because its design is innovative and interesting – befitting a college of art and design. For example we are using photo-chromatic cladding which changes colour depending on the viewing angle.

“But also because it will be home to the region’s most creative minds for years to come – and Esh Build is proud to be part of its delivery.”

Patrick Chapman, Head of Employability and External Relations CCAD, said: “Our new studios and learning spaces will enable CCAD to work with more students in the growing creative industries.

“They also provide an anchor for the development of the Church Street area as a centre for that industry and from our campus we can look forward to supporting even more start-up businesses.

“Esh has been extremely supportive of CCAD’s plans and have built up a good relationship with the College.

“I think it is great, and appropriate, that Esh is such a key partner in the project given their long history of, and commitment to, skills development and partnership working in the region.”

The impressive building was developed by Turner and Townsend and their  design partners, architects Howard Litchfield Partnership and engineers Cundalls,

It contains flexible studio spaces, a range of industry standard workshops and digital suites, two seven metre double-height studios for photography and TV/film, a refectory area and gallery and administration space.

The new facility will also have outdoor seating, an amphitheatre in the middle of the development and vital car parking.

The 45,000 sq ft building replaces the outdated Church Square campus which has been remodelled to provide studios for students.

The new college will be complete by Easter 2017 in time to host some of the graduate shows, with full occupancy in September next year.

Courses to be held at the college include: BA (Hons) Production Design for Stage and Screen; BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design/ BA (Hons) Contemp. Textile Products; BA (Hons) Fine Art; BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Creative Film and Moving Image Production.

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