Durham University to extend Stockton campus
(11 July 2007)
DURHAM University has announced its intention to expand its Queen’s Campus at Stockton across the river to Tees Valley Regeneration’s North Shore site by purchasing an option on four acres of land.
This is good news both for education and for North Shore – one of Tees Valley Regeneration’s five signature developments. The University has also recently announced the appointment of Professor Ray Hudson as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Strategy and Queen’s Campus, who will develop the strategy leading to decisions on the precise nature of the academic development, which could include a new residential college, research and/or conference facilities. Professor Ray Hudson, Durham University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Strategy and Queen’s Campus said: “This is an extremely exciting opportunity for the University, opening up a range of possibilities for Queen’s. It is an important step towards further development of the campus. “I will be leading the development of an academic strategy for Queen’s over the next few months. We will be working in partnership with Tees Valley Regeneration and other partners to implement this strategy, which will lead to proposals for the North Shore site.” The expansion has been welcomed by chief executive of Tees Valley Regeneration, Joe Docherty, who is delighted to sign up such a prestigious name for North Shore. “We have already seen the opening of the new Darlington College at Central Park in Darlington. Middlesbrough College is well under way at our Middlehaven site and this announcement makes it an education, education, education trio for us,” he said. “This means as well as the massive physical regeneration going on under our remit the social regeneration of the area – including the opportunities on offer to our young people and the chance for older students to return to education is now vast. “Plans are progressing well for the development of the site and we are still working with chosen developers AMEC and Urban Splash to come up with the best possible scheme that will transform the face of Stockton. “The fact that the university has made this commitment to the town and to North Shore is excellent news.” The £300m North Shore waterfront development is set to bring more than 2500 new jobs to the area. The 56-acre site owned by English Partnerships has already benefited from £18m of public investment on reclamation and infrastructure.