Teesside University's £20m teaching centre construction begins

Artist's impression of new centre The development is being built on Southfield Road

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Work is under way on a £20m teaching and conference centre being built at Teesside University.

The development, which is at the heart of the university's Middlesbrough campus, is being built opposite the Dickens Inn on Southfield Road.

The building will contain offices, teaching spaces and a 200-seat lecture theatre.

Prof Graham Henderson said he was "delighted" to see construction on the new building was under way.

In recent years the university has invested nearly £200m in its Middlesbrough campus.

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    Authority agrees bus contract Richard Moss Political editor, North East & Cumbria

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    'Gusts of up to 65mph' 07:32: Lloyd Watson BBC News

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