Client: Hartlepool College

Hartlepool College

Hartlepool

Architects: Bond Bryan Architects
Bond Bryan Director: Bruce Raw
Project Managers: AA Projects
Services Engineers: Couch Perry Wilkes
Civil/Structural Engineers: Sinclair Knight Merz

Contractor: Miller Construction
Construction Value: £35 million
Completion Date: 2012
Gross Internal Floor Area: 18,700 square metres

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Hartlepool College is an amazing place, run by proud people whose ambition seems unlimited; they want the best for their students, for their college and, of course, the best for Hartlepool. They were intensely interested in the design process but then that’s when we are at our best.

Our involvement began with Strategic Consultancy. The College had devised a provisional estates strategy based upon refurbishment.  However we demonstrated the potential deficiencies of this solution and then worked with the College to secure funding for a new building.  The original 1960’s college campus was in the heart of the town; an anonymous group of buildings crowded onto a very prominent and accessible site. We started by looking at other sites but in the end, if we were to do our best by Hartlepool, there was only one answer. A new curved structure was shoehorned alongside the existing active buildings; once complete demolition of the old exposed this shining new beacon of Further Education.

Despite the constraints, the design is an elegant and highly flexible solution. The curving block has a continuous tall mall running through its centre.  The 4-storey building creates a distinctive landmark and accommodates specialist facilities, including hospitality, aeronautical engineering and motor vehicle.  A lower 3-storey element corresponds to the scale of the adjacent historic town centre and accommodates laboratories, studios and general teaching spaces.

“We would highly recommend Bond Bryan for projects of a similar nature”

Andrew Steel, Assistant Principal, Hartlepool College of Further Education

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