The purpose-built, three-storey further education (FE) campus building will replace its existing Green Lane, Acklam base in September 2021. The 5,400 sq. metre building will create new teaching space for the Northern England’s only specialist art and design FE facility, recognised as a pre-eminent institution with an Outstanding Ofsted rating since 2009.
The new £14.5m campus has been funded by the office of the Tees Valley Mayor and the Tees Valley Combined Authority working with the support of the Middlesbrough Mayor and Middlesbrough Council. Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, said: “It is great that we have been able to provide this funding for this vitally important project for the School, which is hugely important to the whole of the Tees Valley with its reputation as a national centre for excellence in the art, design and creative sectors. “As part of my plan for jobs – creating good quality local jobs for local people across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool – we need to make sure our young people get the education and training they need to help them develop the skills they need to succeed in a successful career, and this new campus will help us do that.”
Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: “The Northern School of Art’s new campus will be an amazing addition to the Middlesbrough skyline. “It will be an iconic building right at the heart of town; it’s a development of regional importance, and a major focal point for innovation and creativity.”
Faithful+Gould has provided commercial management services since late 2018 supporting The Northern School of Art from early in the design process and through the current construction phase. Ewan Peacock, Associate Director at Faithful+Gould and the commercial lead on the project, said: “After a challenging year for the construction industry, it is great to see the first work on site for this new campus. The new location lends itself to providing an easily accessible base for students from across the Tees Valley, as well as supporting greener transport options with easy access to the bus and railway stations. Faithful+Gould are proud to be supporting the delivery of this exciting project for The Northern School of Art, Middlesbrough and the wider community.”
The project is being delivered with the professional support of Faithful+Gould, BAM, Arcadis, Jacksons Law Firm and Seven Architecture.