Work has started on a major revamp to a landmark building in Hartlepool that will provide essential student accommodation in the area.

Titan House on York Road in the town is undergoing a number of changes as Thirteen works to provide accommodation for students attending Cleveland College of Art and Design’s (CCAD) university campus in Hartlepool.

The work inside the building – which is being carried out by contractor Forrest – will see the facilities reconfigured from the existing one and two-bedroom flats to provide 44 open-plan and one-bedroom flats for CCAD students.

All the flats will have their own private kitchen and bathroom, and students will have access to a dedicated communal room which will give them key socialising space.

Thirteen worked with CCAD to identify appropriate accommodation in Hartlepool to house an expected increase in student numbers from the start of the new academic year in September.

Titan House was identified as a suitable location for student accommodation and agreement was reached between Thirteen and the college to redevelop the building to provide homes for students in time for the 2018/19 academic year, due to the building having a number of vacant properties which meant that it was under-utilised.

Chris Smith, Executive Director of Service Delivery and Development said: “The development work on the building will provide college students with modern, safe and secure accommodation to help them settle in Hartlepool, while also securing the future of Titan House.

“As well as students being able to access quality accommodation right in the town centre, local businesses will also benefit from the increased number of residents in the area, as they may make use of the wide range of services including the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, local cafes, bars and other leisure facilities.”

Titan House is a five minute walk from the CCAD campus on Church Street and the investment work on the building will add to the 81 student bed spaces at Crown Halls and Lime Crescent that Thirteen already manages.

Pat Chapman, Vice Principal from Cleveland College of Art and Design, said: “The College was delighted to work with Thirteen once again, to provide much needed high quality accommodation for our growing numbers of students.

“It is really important to us that we provide secure, attractive places for students to live so that their experience of living in the town matches the pre-eminent specialist creative learning they encounter at the College. As we grow, attracting more students from across the UK this is a good news story for the town.”

 Darroch Baker, Divisional Director at Forrest said: “Commencing this work at Titan House marks our first project with Thirteen. It further supports Forrest’s solid track record in delivering high quality refurbishment and remodelling projects and will give this significant asset a new lease of life and provide quality homes for students.”  The work is due to be completed in time for students to move-in for the new term in September.

Moving forward, Thirteen will manage the accommodation alongside the existing student residences at Crown Halls and Lime Crescent.