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Durham University

Accommodation & Estates Developments

New home for Durham University Business School

Status: Pre-application discussions

Work begins: TBC

Work due to be completed: TBC

Cost: £70 million

Partners: DPP, Ryder Architecture, Gardiner and Theobald

Brief: A new Durham University Business School building

Project Sponsor: Emma Flynn

Operational lead: Susan Hart

Estates project manager: Iain Ramage

More information:

Durham University is planning to relocate its triple accredited Top 50 European Business School from Mill Hill Lane, to be at the heart of Durham City on Elvet Waterside. This is part of the Durham University Strategy 2017-2027 to deliver a student experience to rival anywhere in the world.

If this project goes ahead:

  • It will ensure the community and visitors have an enhanced experience and increased accessibility to the riverside. It will also create a public record of site archaeology and heritage.
  • Sustainability will be a main focus of the development and will improve the riverside location whilst complementing the site’s historic features and natural surroundings.
  • It will create a world-class learning experience for students, facilitate the delivery of cutting-edge research and enable the staging of business events and conferences that would further raise the profile of the University, School, City and region around the world. This international profile raising will enhance the School’s competitive position supporting the attraction of diverse high-calibre students, academics and staff, as well as increase business connectivity and collaboration globally.

Another proposed feature of the new building would be an onsite coffee shop that would be open to students, staff and members of the public visiting the riverside area.

A public consultation will take place on Wednesday 6 March at Durham Town Hall between 1 – 7pm. There will be representatives from the architects and the University’s Estates and Buildings department on hand to answer your questions and receive your feedback.

Staff and student events will be arranged later in March.

Following the public consultation, further information will be made available on this page and feedback can be sent via the online comments form.