HARTLEPOOL’S first student residential accommodation facility has opened its doors to art students from across the UK.
Housing Hartlepool, part of the Thirteen Group, has been working with town building firm Gus Robinson Developments and Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) on the £2.2m development which provides high-quality accommodation for 56 CCAD students.
The state-of-the-art complex, Crown Halls, has regenerated a disused site in the town’s Surtees Street not far from CCAD’s Church Square campus.
Julie Clark, chair elect of the Housing Hartlepool Board, said: “This is an important project for the town, making use of a derelict site and helping bring in students who will be a huge boost to the local economy.”
The accommodation is made up of two apartment blocks, each housing 21 students, as well as two town houses, for seven students each. The development, designed by architects JDDK, also has four bedrooms fully adapted for people with disabilities and other bedrooms that can be adapted.
CCAD principal and chief executive Martin Raby said: “We’re delighted with the quality of the student residential accommodation, as are our students. The demand has been fantastic and all rooms were reserved by April, which highlights the need for such developments in Hartlepool.”