Queen’s representative opens Hartlepool art school accommodation

Lord Lieutenant of Durham, Sue Snowdon, opening the new student halls on Tower Road
Lord Lieutenant of Durham, Sue Snowdon, opening the new student halls on Tower Road

A REPRESENTATIVE of the Queen has officially opened a multi-million pound student accommodation complex.

The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham Sue Snowdon helped to officially opened the £2.2m student halls for Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) students in Surtees Street, Hartlepool.

Located close to the college’s Church Square Campus, the two spacious apartment blocks are the fruits of the regeneration of a long-disused site.

Students from across the UK now benefit from high-speed data links, bike storage and en suite shower rooms in the apartments. Externally, the apartment blocks have secure outdoor space, with parking spaces and centrally shared gardens, designed to create communal areas.

The development has been constructed to be highly energy-efficient and has solar panels fitted to the roof.

The Lord Lieutenant joined guests to unveil a commemorative plaque in the development’s private garden.

The Housing Hartlepool (also part of Thirteen Group) apartments – which is made up of two apartment blocks, housing 21 students each, as well as two town houses, for seven students each – were built by Gus Robinson Developments. The development, which also includes four bedrooms fully-adapted for people with disabilities and other bedrooms that can be adapted, was designed by architects JDDK.

Cath Purdy, deputy chief executive of the Thirteen Group, said: “This is a fantastic development, which highlights both the quality of new housing being delivered by Housing Hartlepool and Cleveland College of Art & Design’s commitment to providing its students with the best possible facilities. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with the college.”

Dan Robinson, chairman and chief executive of Gus Robinson Developments, said: “We are delighted to be the construction partner on what is a fantastic accommodation facility and a welcome addition to Hartlepool.

“It is state-of-the-art living quarters that will contribute to the wellbeing of the students and is something that both they and the town can be truly proud of.” Invited guests also heard from Julie Clarke, chairman of Housing Hartlepool and CCAD’s principal Martin Raby who spoke about the college’s multi-million regeneration programme of the college’s campus.