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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 looking 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 it will vastly improve the riverside location.
  • It will create a world-class learning experience for students, deliver cutting-edge research and enable the staging of events and conferences raising 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.

We are also looking at the possibility of a coffee shop onsite which will be open to all who walk along the riverside, as well as a bookable spaces for meetings and events through a University booking system.

More information on the project will follow. Consultation with staff, students and the community will be a key part of the planning stage of the project.