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Darlington Campus Building, Teesside University by Napper Architects

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] Napper Architects’ five-storey higher education teaching facility has received planning permission

The Teesside University facility is to be located close to the existing Darlington College, which has ties with the Teesside University, and will be the first university building in Darlington.

The building has 3,700m² of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching facilities over five storeys. Split into three main elements the building is arranged either side of a brickclad spine which contains all the required servicing elements with two wings of teaching accommodation spreading linearly along its length.

All funding for the Building is now in place, with significant contributions from Darlington College, Darlington Council and One North East, which has donated £2m; support also came from Tees Valley Regeneration and Tees Valley Unlimited.

The idea has won enthusiastic backing from Darlington MP Alan Milburn, who said ‘There have been discussions for many years about a university college for Darlington. I asked Teesside University and Darlington College to talk about how we could do this. Darlington’s future lies in bringing high skilled and high quality employment to the town. Having our own university centre is a new education opportunity for school-leavers and we are making great progress on these plans.’

Professor Graham Henderson, Teesside University’s vice-chancellor said, ‘We are thrilled to be proposing such exciting plans for our development in Darlington. I am sure it will be an excellent addition to the town.’

‘For some time, we have been in discussions about the development with Darlington College, Darlington Council, Alan Milburn MP, One North East and Tees Valley Regeneration. All our partners see the new building as a real resource for the region, delivering significant higher education growth in the town.’

Project data

Architects: Napper Architects
Location: Darlington
Type Of Project: University Facility; Higher Education
Structural Engineers: Cundall
Project Architect: Will Mawson, Dean Thody
Design Team: Duncan Cox, Tomas Neeson (Cundall structures and M&E)
Client: Teesside University
Tender date: Dec 2009
Start on site date: Feb 2010
Contract duration: 16 months
Gross internal floor area: 3,800m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: JCT Design and Build 2005
Total cost: £13m     
M&E consultant: 
Quantity surveyor: Summers Inman
Planning supervisor: Cundall


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