Teesside University Darlington
We have marked the official start of construction work on a £13m five-storey high-quality, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching building next to Darlington College.
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Partners and supporters of the project came together to celebrate the major move towards expanding higher educational opportunities in Darlington and the surrounding areas at the west end of the Tees Valley.
The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Henderson, said it was timely that the event was taking part during Universities Week, a nationwide celebration of the vital role higher education plays in the country’s social, cultural and economic life.
Among those attending the event with Professor Henderson, were John Williams, Leader of Darlington Council and the local authority’s Chief Executive Ada Burns, Jenny Chapman, MP for Darlington, Alastair Haworth, One North East’s Capital Development Manager, and Darlington College Principal Tim Grant.
The completed building will cover 4,000 square metres, providing a flexible and stimulating teaching environment, and also offer facilities for business short courses and conference activity.
Once opened, the building will enable a significant expansion of the range of higher education courses available in Darlington. It is being funded by the University, One NorthEast, via Tees Valley Unlimited and Darlington Council and is also supported by Darlington College and Tees Valley Regeneration.
Durham-based construction company Morgan Sindall has been chosen to deliver the high-quality academic building for the University.
A major feature of the scheme, spanning 4,000 sq metres, will be the creation of a ship’s fin, made out of a sub-structure of metal and a finished elevation treatment of glazing and brickwork. Work is progressing well and the project is expected to be completed by September 2011.
The University has a long history of widening access to higher education Professor Graham Henderson said: ‘The University has a long history of widening access to higher education within the Tees Valley. The new initiative will provide an improved gateway to higher education for individuals and employers in the west end of the Tees Valley, South West Durham and North Yorkshire.
‘Darlington’s pivotal location provides us with a number of exciting new development opportunities, particularly in relation to our rapidly-expanding programme of work with regional and national employers. I am absolutely delighted to see work now underway on such a significant project.’
John Williams, Leader of Darlington Council, said: ‘I am delighted that Teesside University is coming to Darlington. Many people and organisations both local and regional have come together to make this happen. The whole Darlington community welcomes the University and the Council will continue to work with the University to help it to thrive in the town.’
Jenny Chapman, new MP for Darlington, said: ‘I am so proud to see the expansion of Teesside University in Darlington. This new building will bring exciting educational prospects to the town, not to mention fantastic facilities. I look forward to watching the building grow over the next 12 months.’
Darlington College Principal Tim Grant said: ‘We are delighted to have been able to support this substantial investment by Teesside University to create a further and higher education quarter in Darlington. We look forward to working closely with the University to expand educational opportunities for the area for many years to come.’