Old college coming down

A TOWN centre college building will be “flattened” within two weeks after work started on a five-month regeneration scheme.

Demolition workers are now on site at the former Hartlepool College of Further Education building, in the town’s Stockton Street.

Work has begun to demolish the old Hartlepool College of Further Education, following the opening of the new, �53m college next door.

Work has begun to demolish the old Hartlepool College of Further Education, following the opening of the new, �53m college next door.

Staff and students left the building last year to move into the nearby new state-of-the art £53m facility. Miller Construction workers are now at the former site and college staff say the building will be “completely flattened” in the next two weeks.

Landscaping works on the car parks will then take place over the next four months and bosses say the project is set to be completed on time, by July this year at the latest.

Staff and students moved into the impressive new building in August last year after the building had been in the planning for more than six years.

And the state-of-the art site has already been hailed as a success and has received excellent feedback from students, staff and visitors.

The Duke of York, HRH Prince Andrew, officially opened the building this week and praised the college for its commitment to giving young people the confidence to go on into the work place.

The campus is home to a number of facilities including a three-floor learning core where students can study between lessons.

People can enjoy a range of treatments at the spa and beauty salon or get into shape at the wellbeing suite including top of the range gym and health facilities.

Visitors, students and staff can also dine at the Flagship Restaurant, Food Court and two cafes.

Helen Watts, marketing manager at the college, said feedback has been excellent.

She told the Mail: “Feedback from students, staff and everybody else who has visited the college has been great.

“It’s a fantastic building, everyone is so pleased with it.

“The old building will be flattened within two weeks and the rest of the time will be taken for landscaping the car parks.

“Work will be completed as planned by July this year.”

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