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Public Consultation to be held on proposals for a new £70m home for Durham University Business School at Elvet Waterside

(21 February 2019)

A map showing the Elvet Waterside site

Durham University is planning to relocate its internationally–accredited, Top 50 European Business School from Mill Hill Lane to the heart of Durham City on Elvet Waterside.

A community event will take place at Durham Town Hall on Wednesday 6 March between 1 – 7pm. Residents, businesses and other members of the public are invited to find out more about the University’s vision for Elvet Waterside and to help shape the proposals by providing their valuable feedback.

Regeneration and leading-edge design to be revealed

This proposed state-of-the-art building will provide a student experience to rival anywhere in the world and its design will include a number of innovative and sustainable features. The Business School’s new home aims to improve the riverside location, whilst complementing the site’s historic features and natural surroundings. 

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the University and for the City, so please remember to have your say. The proposed development will fully regenerate a derelict brownfield riverside area and provide access to landscaped open spaces.

"This exciting development proposal will enable us to enhance our contribution to the local economy, and to deliver on the economic and academic growth priorities set out in the University’s 2017 -2027 Strategy.”

Thinking Global and Thinking Local

The new purpose-built Business School will create a world-class learning experience for students, support cutting-edge research and enable business events and conferences to take place. Through this activity, combined with its design and sustainable features, the new building will further raise the profile of the University, School, City and region around the world.

Professor Susan Hart, the Dean of Durham University Business School said: “The proposed state-of-the-art building will provide exceptional facilities not only for our students but also for the local community and business. The School is already a centre of entrepreneurship and innovation and this investment will enable us to further drive collaboration and business connectivity for the region and beyond. Elvet Waterside will create more capacity for us to continue to inspire globally-focused, ethically-minded business leaders of the future.”

First views

This will be the first public opportunity to view the proposed plans and design for the Elvet Waterside development and representatives of the University and project partners will be present to provide detailed information and answer any questions. With the Town Hall doors open from 1pm – 7pm on Wednesday 6 March, there is plenty of opportunity to drop in, find out more and express your views.

Information on this project and a further opportunity to comment on the plans will be available online at from Thursday 7 March.