£5million renovation for historic Teesside University building


TWO companies in the North East are to help transform a historic building at the University of Teesside as part of the next phase of a £300million campus masterplan.

Durham architecture firm Howarth Litchfield and Summers-Inman, headquartered in Newcastle, are to lead a £5million project to transform the Buttery Building – the former dining room of the neighboring listed Waterhouse Grade II – in a center for postgraduate students.

The new building near the university’s Borough Road entrance will provide space exclusively for postgraduate students and researchers to study, collaborate and socialize on campus.

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It is the first project to break ground since the covid pandemic and the latest development in the university’s long-term plan to redevelop the Middlesbrough campus.

The project includes the design and complete renovation of an existing two-storey building in addition to a new extension, which will combine with already completed projects to improve the campus and provide world-class student facilities.

Upon completion, The Postgraduate Student Hub will provide co-working spaces, quiet study areas, state-of-the-art media booths and digital facilities, as well as a social lounge and refreshment facilities.

The new extension will provide a modern entrance feature to the building, visible from Borough Road and the North Gateway, whilst retaining the original features of the building.

The design of the building has been designed to meet the university’s carbon reduction targets and the existing building is being upgraded to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Dave Pickersgill, Director of Howarth Litchfield said: “This is a fantastic project for Howarth Litchfield. The university is committed to providing exceptional facilities for students and is committed to meeting its carbon reduction targets.

“As a company, we strive to be market leaders in our own approach to sustainability and to provide sound advice to our partners, so it’s great to work with such a forward-thinking client on this. respect.”

Andrew Rapmund, Associate Principal of Summers-Inman, said, “This project is just another in a list of outstanding projects at the university.

“We’ve had the privilege of working on ground-breaking projects such as the Net Zero Innovation Center, the Cornell District and the award-winning Student Life Building, so it’s great to continue to be part of their master plan rollout. .”

Malcolm Page, Chief Operating Officer at the University of Teesside, said: “Teesside is a forward-looking global university and we are committed to providing a campus environment that continues to attract students from around the world.

“This modern, flexible and dedicated space for our thriving postgraduate student community will ensure they have the best academic experience.

“We are thrilled with this latest development and look forward to working with our partners and students to deliver another world-class study and social space.”

With £275 million invested to date, the Campus Masterplan sets out an ambitious investment program through to 2027, transforming the campus and providing modern facilities for students, staff and partners.

The postgraduate student hub is expected to be completed in September.

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