COLLEGE bosses are celebrating after their new state-of-the-art building was honoured at a national ceremony.
Hartlepool Sixth Form College, in Blakelock Road, has recently undergone a £24.5m transformation which included new accommodation being erected to the front and back of the existing building.
The work done by the college and Jefferson Sheard Architects led to them winning the prestigious Education Building of 2011 award at the recent Society of Chief Architects of Local Authorities (SCALA) ceremony.
The President’s dinner and award ceremony was held at the Marriott Hotel in Leeds.
Rick Wells, college principal, said: “I was delighted that our building won the award of Education Building of the Year.
“We and Jefferson Sheard worked very hard to design a building that is perfect for post-16 education and which is without question the best sixth form building in the area.
“It is environmentally friendly and future-proofed, meaning that the college building is ideally suited to the needs of our students for years to come.
“It is cutting edge in design features and facilities but is also intimate in feel, preserving the character of the old Mansion House that was the heart of the old Grammar School and which is now embedded within the new building, representative of the high educational standards befitting our proud Grammar School heritage.
“I am still thrilled as I drive into the campus each day and see the new building and the reaction from our students has been overwhelmingly positive.”
College bosses say the new build to the front and rear of the existing building provides “modern and flexible” teaching space combined with the retention of the historic Merchant’s House building.
The large atrium space brings together the old and new buildings.
Tom Rhys Jones, a director at Jefferson Sheard, said: “I was very proud that we should be the only architect to have two projects in the shortlist of 10 in this important national award.
“I was delighted too that our clients were there to enjoy the evening with us – successful projects depend upon the input of informed, committed and professional clients such as we have at Hartlepool Sixth Form College.”
The SCALA aim to “inspire and promote” the development of high quality public buildings.
The award winners are chosen from the shortlist which is drawn up from the selected projects featured in the SCALA Yearbook.