WORK on a £2.2m development to transform a disused site in the centre of Hartlepool into new student accommodation is well underway.
The development on the former Crown House site, in Hartlepool, will see 56-students from Cleveland College of Art and Design move into state-of-the-art halls of residence from September this year.
The accommodation, which will be called Crown House, say work is on schedule.
When the work is complete, the accommodation, on the corner of Surtees Street and Tower Street, will comprise two apartment blocks, which will house 21 students each, as well as two town houses, which will accommodate seven students each.
Built and managed by Housing Hartlepool, which is part of the Vela Group, the accommodation will be allocated directly by Cleveland College of Art and Design.
The development also includes four bedrooms fully adapted for people with disabilities and other bedrooms that can be adapted. Designed by architects JDDK, construction work is being carried out by Hartlepool based Gus Robinson Developments.
Martin Raby, principal of Cleveland College of Art and Design, said: “We are delighted to see this development now underway. The project is on track and we will begin allocating rooms to our current students when they return from their Christmas break.
“With rent being £97 inclusive of all bills for an en-suite room and the average weekly cost for the North East being £108 per week excluding bills, we’ve had a very positive response to the accommodation.
“We hope that this will enable us to attract more students to the town for the duration of their degrees which should be positive for both the town and Cleveland College of Art & Design.”
Colin Wilson, group director of development for the Vela Group, said: “The development will bring a new lease of life to the area, along with a boost to the local economy both during the construction work and once the accommodation is populated with a vibrant student population.
“The town has a long-established, well-respected art and design college, with students coming from outside the area to attend – and Hartlepool should reap the rewards by encouraging students to make their homes in the town.”