£1m art college revamp complete

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A £1M revamp of an arts college has been completed.

Specialist start-up units have been incorporated which will allow students to set up their own businesses.

After 18 months of work, a new dining area, reception, shop and office space has been created at the Hartlepool campus of Cleveland College of Art & Design, in the town’s Church Square.

The new shop will sell crafts and goods produced by the students, after the work was completed by Niven Architects.

The architects has also recently completed work on renovating the campus’ Leadbitter building, which now houses the fashion design studios and workshops.

They have now turned their attentions to transforming the Victorian Municipal building in Church Square into a new television and film studio.

Simon Crowe, architectural director at Niven Architects, said: “We have worked with Cleveland College of Art & Design for over 14 years and during that time have created a partnership that has resulted in the delivery of many innovative, fresh and dynamic spaces and facilities across the college’s campuses at both Hartlepool and Middlesbrough.

“We are very proud of the newly opened facilities and believe that working with the team at the college, we have created spaces that will act as a model for future conversions and transformations not only at Cleveland College of Art & Design, but also at other institutions across the region and further afield.”