College Facilities

East Durham College operates across three sites - the Peterlee Campus (Willerby Grove), the Houghall Campus (Durham) and The Technical Academy (Peterlee)

Peterlee Campus Facilities include:

  • 220 seat producing and receiving theatre
  • Television filming studio
  • Industry-standard Pro Tools HD recording studio
  • Radio station
  • Two Mac editing suites
  • TV gallery
  • Art studio
  • Large fully-equipped construction skills workshops
  • Science labs
  • State-of-the-art teaching and learning areas
  • Commercial training bistro-style restaurant, Scene1
  • Two industry-standard commercial training kitchens
  • EDC Travel Agent (in association with Hays Travel)
  • Well-equipped learning resources centre and IT suites
  • Dedicated higher education area in conjunction with the University of Sunderland
  • Industry-standard commercial hair salon
  • Industry-standard commercial beauty salon
  • Positive Steps Childcare Nursery
  • Spacious canteen and social spaces
  • All weather flood-lit 3G pitch
  • 500 seat sports arena/sports hall
  • Cardiovascular and weights gym
  • Specialist boxing gym
  • Dance studio
  • Full and five-a-side football pitches

View Peterlee Campus Floor Plans

Houghall Campus Facilities:

Our Houghall Campus, in Durham, has recently undergone an exciting £12.75 million redevelopment which was up and running for the new academic year (2016/17). The development project was made possible following the college receiving £10m capital investment funding from The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which it secured from the Government’s Local Growth Fund

As well as an extensive and challenging refurbishment of the main entrance front building, which was built in 1937/8, the completion of the project saw a number of stunning new facilities open September 2016; including a brand-new small animal care centre, agricultural centre, equine centre, brand new science labs and IT suites, and new enhanced access and parking facilities.

The purpose-built Small Animal Care Centre houses a range of small mammals, birds, reptiles and aquatics - as well as a new commercial dog grooming salon and 22-bay dog kennel unit, complete with dog agility and dog walking areas.

The stunning new Houghall Equine Centre boasts a 28-stable block accommodation, training workshops, tack room, automatic horse-walker and an international-standard 40m x 40m indoor arena to complement an existing 60m x 40m all-weather menage, cross-country trail, schooling field and 20-acre paddock.

The new Agricultural Centre includes a pig unit and cattle unit with forage store to supplement the existing sheep unit down at the farm site.

Each new and refurbished building also boasts additional classroom/workshop space, staff and student changing facilities and welfare support areas.

  • Stunning 476-acre estate with working farm
  • New purpose-built small animal care centre is home to a snake house, lizard house, tortoise house, aquatics, small mammals and an aviary.
  • New commercial dog grooming studio
  • New 22-bay dog kennel unit
  • New dog agility and walking area
  • New specialist veterinary nursing training facilities
  • New agricultural centre with pig unit and cattle unit with forage store, plus an existing sheep unit
  • Stunning new equine centre with 28 stables, training workshops, tack room, an international-standard 40m x 40m indoor arena and a 60m x 40m all-weather menage
  • Brand new science labs
  • Commercial Garden Centre
  • Horticulture lab
  • Horticulture & arboriculture workshops
  • Horticultural glasshouses and potting shed
  • Specialist arboretum & pinetum
  • Floristry studios
  • Well-equipped learning resources centre
  • IT suites
  • Refectory
  • Social & informal break-out learning space
  • Football pitches
  • Multi-gym room

Houghall Campus - Facilities Video

The Sports Centre & Impact Health & Fitness Gym

Impact Gym signage

Keep fit, get active and have fun with East Durham College's Sports Centre & Impact Health & Fitness gym! Completely FREE* (£5 one-off induction fee applies) for East Durham College students and also open to the public, we have some of the best facilities available in the North East.

Learning Resources Centre

Learning Resources Sign

East Durham College has a Learning Resources Centre (LRC) at each main campus offering an extensive range of study materials and study space for students.

Meetings, Conference & Events Facilities

Conference room at East Durham College's Peterlee Campus

East Durham College is an ideal venue to hire for a wide range of meetings, events and functions.

Positive Steps Day Nursery

EDC Care Students

Welcome to Positive Steps Nursery! Found on-site at East Durham College's Peterlee campus, our nursery makes attendance at college easier by providing fantastic childcare facilities for those students who may have young children.

Higher Education - The Gateway

University of Sunderland and East Durham College partnership sign

The Gateway – An exclusive area at the Peterlee Campus for all our higher education students.

Hair & Beauty Salon

Hair & Beauty Salon entrance

Kick back, relax and feel pampered with East Durham College's dedicated health and beauty salon, offering a range of treatments for great prices.

Scene1 Restaurant

Scene1 Restaurant interior

Come and experience tomorrow’s catering talent today in Scene1, the College’s restaurant, located in the Peterlee Campus. Dinner for two or catering for parties of up to forty people, we will aim to meet your every need.

The Lubetkin Theatre

The Lubetkin Theatre seating

East Durham College operates the only dedicated theatre in the East Durham area and is a facility which is open to both students and the general public for a wide range of events and performances.

The Houghall Plant Centre, Durham

The Houghall Plant Centre

Unfortunately the Plant Centre is now only being ran as a curriculum teaching resource, and is NOT open to the public at the moment.

The Houghall Arboretum & Pinetum

Trees in the Houghall Arboretum & Pinetum

The Arboretum at the Houghall Campus, on the outskirts of Durham City, houses a superb collection of shrubs and trees from around the world.

EDC Travel Agents

EDC Travel Agent's front

Looking for great holidays for fantastic prices? You'll find everything you need at East Durham College's very own travel agents, EDC Travel! 

Professional Dog Grooming Services

A dog being groomed at the Houghall Campus

The College runs a professional dog grooming studio which is open to the public and their dogs.

Equine Centre & Livery Services

Equine student at Houghall

East Durham College's Houghall Campus, in Durham, boasts one of the finest equine centres in the North East.

East Durham College Peterlee Campus Facilities

Find out more about the amazing facilities available in East Durham College's Peterlee campus.

East Durham College Houghall (Durham) Campus Facilities

Specialising in land-based studies, Houghall, situated just outside Durham City, is the perfect place to study everything from small animal care to horticulture.

Business Advice Hub - Run by Great Annual Savings

East Durham College’s innovative new Business Advice Hub (BAH) is one of the products of the college’s new partnership with Great Annual Savings Group (GAS). The hub acts as a point of contact for students who are interested in entrepreneurial activity or specific professions, such as finance, marketing or HR.  

New T Level Facilities

New T Level Lecture Theatre

As part of a six figure investment, the college will be developing some stunning new facilities* at the Peterlee Campus as part of the new T Levels that will be on offer from September 2022.