Esh Builds a better future for North East students

A new campus that will take creative industries education in the North East to the next level is becoming a reality thanks to construction company Esh Build, part of the Esh Group.

Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) commissioned the £6.6million project in Hartlepool to create fit-for-purpose facilities for a 21st century arts school, to house degree level programmes, that can compete with other institutions within the region and nationally.

The College required additional teaching space to fulfil its ambitious plans to become the premier specialist college in the North – increasing its student numbers.

Work started on the project – which will be key to the North East’s creative sector – after Esh Build was selected to deliver the project.

Paul Redman, Divisional Director of Esh Build, said:

“This is a really exciting project – not least because as a company we are so committed to nurturing talent and helping young people – who are the future of the region.

“There are a number of facets to the project including a two storey teaching and administrative building, created from refurbished existing space and a three storey bespoke workshop and studio space on the site of the former Lynn Street Depot.

“This will be an impressive building – as its design is striking and benefits from the use of innovative materials – befitting a school of art and design; for example the use of photo-chromatic cladding which changes colour depending on the viewing angle.

“But also because it will be home to the region’s most creative minds for years to come – and Esh Build is proud to be part of its delivery.”

Patrick Chapman, Head of Employability and External Relations CCAD, said:

“Our new studios and learning spaces will enable CCAD to work with more students in the growing creative industries.

“They also provide an anchor for the development of the Church Street area as a centre for that industry and from our campus we can look forward to supporting even more start-up businesses.

“Esh has been extremely supportive of CCAD’s plans and have built up a good relationship with the College.

“I think it is great, and appropriate, that Esh is such a key partner in the project given their long history of, and commitment to, skills development and partnership working in the region.”

The impressive building was developed by Turner and Townsend and their design partners, architects Howarth Litchfield Partnership and engineers Cundalls.

It contains flexible studio spaces, a range of industry standard workshops and digital suites, two seven metre double-height studios for photography and TV/film, a refectory area and gallery and administration space.

The new facility will also have outdoor seating, an amphitheatre in the middle of the development and vital car parking.

The 45,000 sq ft building supplements the Church Square campus which will be remodelled to provide a hub of academic support for students, including a new lecture theatre.

The new campus will be complete by Easter 2017 in time to host the graduate show, with full occupancy in September the same year.

Programmes scheduled to be delivered on the new campus include: BA (Hons) Production Design for Stage and Screen; BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design/ BA (Hons) Contemporary Textile Products; BA (Hons) Fine Art; BA (Hons) Photography (Fine Art), BA (Hons) Photography (Commercial) and BA (Hons) Creative Film and Moving Image Production.