College plans given green light

Hartlepool Borough Council has agreed to plans for a major redevelopment proposed by architects working for a Cleveland college

Durham-based architectural practice Howarth Litchfield has secured full planning consent for a multimillion-pound redevelopment of Cleveland College of Art and Design’s (CCAD) Hartlepool campus.

The practice is providing architectural and interior design services and is working with overall project managers Turner and Townsend, CCAD and Hartlepool Borough Council, in particular the planning committee, to develop a plan to deliver the accommodation required to meet the college’s vision for growth. Its early work was translated into a feasibility study from which a preferred option emerged, which received support from Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee.

In response to the client brief, Howarth Litchfield came up with a design that reflected the college’s desire to emphasise individuality and creativity. The final design will include a robust finish with tread plate protection to walls and exposed services, with plenty of opportunities for students to display their work. Externally, the buildings have been designed in relation to Hartlepool’s regeneration masterplan, which aims to create a link between the town centre and the waterfront.

Phase one will see the construction of a new three-storey building, which will provide 4,200 sqm of accommodation, while a further 750 sqm of the existing floorplate will be remodelled. This will create workshop space for TV and film, photography, textile design and fine art studios, as well as 3D workshops, darkrooms and an assembly area. Student studios, a refectory, gallery and office accommodation will also be created as part of this phase.

Phase two, which will occupy a site opposite the grade II-listed Christ Church in Hartlepool’s conservation area, will create a new two-storey building. This will house a 200-seat lecture theatre, as well as gallery, shop and cafe accessible to the public.

Howarth Litchfield’s director Jonathan Yates, said: “We are delighted that our response to the design brief has been so well received by the college and all other stakeholders and was unanimously given the green light by Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee. I believe this clearly demonstrates our ability to create innovative buildings both internally and externally.

“This an exciting time not only in the college’s evolution but the regeneration of Hartlepool and we are proud to be playing a significant part in both.”

Responsible for creating the interiors, Howarth Litchfield associate, Elisa Berry added: “Cleveland College of Art and Design is the only specialist provider of higher education in the creative industries in the north east and as such we wanted to create an interior that reflects and encourages creativity across the sites and I believe we will achieve that when the project completes in Easter 2017.”

The team is currently in the process of appointing a contractor, with the aim of starting on site in mid-June, with completion of phase one expected for the start of the academic year in September 2016.

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