ROYAL VISIT PICTURE SPECIAL: East Durham College Houghall Campus opened by HRH Princess Anne

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, opened East Durham College’s redeveloped Houghall Campus today, January 13 2017.

The region’s leading land-based College recently underwent an exciting £12.75 million redevelopment as part of its plans to fully modernise the entire site, which originally opened in 1938.

After a short presentation, Her Royal Highness met the College’s leadership team and governors, she then undertook a tour of the College to see the new facilities and learn how the College is training its students in a range of land-based disciplines.

During the tour, The Princess heard from students and staff about their equine studies and small animal care and management courses.

The Royal tour included: the equine centre, with its new 28-stable block and 40m x 40m indoor arena; the small animal care centre, spending time in the dog grooming studio, lizard workshop and small mammals workshop. It ended at the refurbished main front building.

Her Royal Highness then spoke to a group representing the companies that consulted, designed and built the new facilities to learn more about the building project, as well as meeting a group of former students to find out what they did after their training at Houghall.

The Royal visit culminated in the unveiling of a commemorative plaque within the reception area joined by invited guests, staff and students from all areas of the College.

Speaking before the visit, Suzanne Duncan, Principal and Chief Executive of East Durham College, said: “We are honoured to be having HRH The Princess Royal visit us to officially open these fabulous new facilities.

“This fantastic £12 million development has gone a great way to restoring Houghall to its former glory, and providing our staff and students with a range of new facilities they can be proud of, and thrive in, as students pursue their studies here with us and prepare to move on into a huge range of different and exciting careers or on to further study at university.

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