Thirteen’s design and delivery team have worked in partnership with Forrest to convert the existing facilities at Titan House, on York Road into specialist accommodation for students attending The Northern School of Art in Hartlepool.

The work has seen the existing one and two-bedroom flats reconfigured to provide 44 open-plan and one bedroom flats with their own private kitchen and bathroom. A new communal room has been created as part of the new design on each floor with a lounge, kitchen and laundry area.

The project itself was not without its challenges, ensuring that the accommodation was ready in time for the new academic term, but these were overcome due to the commitment of the team working together.

Thirteen’s director of asset management and sustainability Paul Jenkins said: “We’ve worked closely with the college, contractors and partner organisations to ensure that the students have modern, secure and safe accommodation.

“While there is a visible difference throughout the building, a lot of essential work has been done that you can’t see, including new fire safety systems, a plant room to boost the water pressure and essential mechanical and electrical work.”

Darroch Baker, divisional director at Forrest said: “The completion of this refurbishment and fire safety work, ready in time for the new academic year, enabled this prominent development to gain a new lease of life and transform into much needed accommodation for students to call home for years to come. This first project with Thirteen is demonstration of a great working partnership.”

Thirteen will continue to manage the accommodation alongside the existing student residences at Crown Halls and Lime Crescent.