Work on a new multi-million pound college for 750 students is finally complete

The new Northern School of Art building in central Middlesbrough Photo: BAM Construction

A multi-million pound arts college is now complete.

The Northern School of Art moves into a three-storey building in the middle of Middlesbrough.

The new campus building will accommodate more than 750 students, from graduates to postgraduates, and includes more than 5,000 m2 of teaching space including studios for fine arts, textiles, fashion, digital media , photography and 3D product design.

The £14.5m scheme was delivered by BAM Construction’s North East team.

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Conceived by architect Seven Architecture, the building’s design features an exposed concrete frame and polished concrete floor, with exposed thermal mass to moderate internal temperatures and use less energy.

The building’s exterior features a glazed terracotta facade that nods to the school’s long tradition of ceramics and fabrics courses, while long vertical windows ensure high levels of natural light for the studios. art.

The building was funded by an investment from the Mayor and the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA), with support from Middlesbrough City Council.

Dr Martin Raby, Principal of the Northern School of Art, said: “I am delighted with our new building and grateful for the support from TVCA and Middlesbrough Council.

“The building provides exceptional facilities for our students now and for years to come. Although it is remarkable from the outside, I think visitors are also impressed by Seven’s thoughtful internal design and high standard of finish .

“BAM delivered a large building within a demanding timeframe and under difficult circumstances. No client could ask for more.”

The college, which dates back to 1870, was previously based in 1960s premises in Linthorpe.

Plans have been filed to demolish the old college building and build a Lidl supermarket.

Tony Fitzgerald, Construction Manager for BAM Construction in the North East, said: “We are delighted to have completed construction of this exciting new campus for the Northern School of Art.

“The school’s move to this exciting new facility provides students and staff at the north’s only specialized art and design university with a modern and sustainable new learning space, while supporting the city’s creative and digital vision. of Middlesbrough.”

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Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “The new and improved Northern School of Art gives students from Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool access to the state-of-the-art facilities they need to hone their skills and succeed in their art, their design and their media. careers.

“This brilliant campus will help shape the next generation of creatives while attracting more of the best and brightest to our region, boosting a sector that already has a rich history, and opening up opportunities for higher-paying, good jobs. quality.”

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston added: “The building and its facilities are brilliant. The new Northern School of Art building is driving Middlesbrough’s renaissance and helping us set national standards. Thank you BAMS.

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Maria D. Ervin