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Durham University

Accommodation & Estates Developments

Infrastructure improvements

A visualisation of the new route past the Botanic Garden, from Howlands

A visualisation of the new route past the Botanic Garden, from Howlands

Status: Work ongoing

Work began: December 2019

Work due to be completed: For Section 1: December 2020. For Section 2: April 2021.

Cost: £8.23 million

Partners: Colas, Summers Inman, Arup, DPP

Brief: Develop infrastructure to support the safe movement of pedestrians and road users around our estate

Project sponsor: David Loudon

Estates and Facilities lead: Simon Watt

Contractor liaison officer: Katy Bowmer, Colas Ltd

A visualisation of the new route past Grey College

A visualisation of the new route past Grey College

More information:

Context
As part of the Durham University Strategy, 2017-2027, academic programmes and Colleges have been relocated from Queen’s Campus in Stockton to Durham City, student numbers are growing to a maximum of 21,500 by 2027, and new College facilities are being developed on the Mount Oswald site – to open for the academic year 2020/21.

The safety of our staff, students, visitors and members of the public is of utmost importance to us.

We are aware of pressure on pedestrian and road user movement around our sites and we are investing over £8 million to address these issues.

Details
In overview, the project includes improving existing cycle and footpaths, creating new ones, and developing a new car park at Upper Mountjoy. Please see the table below for details.

Area

Work

Timing

Phase 1: Between the Whitechurch (formerly New Inn) junction and Bill Bryson Library

Improved and widened footpath between the Whitechurch junction and the Bill Bryson Library.

December 1, 2019 to February 9, 2020

Phase 2: Past the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics to the Islamic Prayer Room

New white lined markings to create a demarcated walkway between the Ogden Centre and the Department of Physics.

New cycle path behind the Department of Physics through Little High Wood to the footpath next to the Islamic Prayer Room.

Widened footpath from the top of the steps behind the Department of Physics to the Islamic Prayer Room/Junction from South Road to Grey College.

September 9 to September 29, 2020

Phase 3: From the Islamic Prayer Room to Grey College main entrance

New footpath from the Islamic Prayer Room to Grey College main entrance.

New white lined hatched walkway from the end of the footpath at Islamic Prayer Room to the grassed landing between the Islamic Prayer room and Grey College Main entrance.

September 29 to October 13, 2020

Phase 4: From the Islamic Prayer Room to Hollingside Lane

New shared footpath/cyclepath and crossings from the grassed landing between the Islamic Prayer room and Grey College main entrance, going behind the rear of Grey College (Elvet North, Elvet West and Elvet South) to Hollingside Lane.

December 14 to December 28, 2020

Phase 5: From Hollingside Lane to Elvet Hill Road

New footway through the woodland area to the North East corner of Elvet Hill/Trevelyan College Carpark.

New footpath and white lined markings from the woodland area to the North East of corner of Elvet Hill/Trevelyan College Car Park towards Elvet Hill Road.

March 31 to June 4, 2020

Phase 6: From Howlands Park and Ride to Van Mildert College/Mount Oswald.

Widened footpath at the junction from Howlands Park and Ride/South Road.

New signalised pedestrian crossing at Howlands Park and Ride/South Road

New shared footpath and cyclepath from the new signalised pedestrian crossing at Howlands Park and Ride/South Road through the woodland area towards Van Mildert College/Mount Oswald.

June 5 to July 30, 2020

Phase 7: From Hollingside Lane, through the woodland between Collingwood College Entrance and the Botanic Garden to Howlands Park and Ride

New cycle path from Hollingside Lane/South Road junction, running through the woodland at the entrance to Collingwood College, next to the Collingwood Principal's residence, along the side of the Collingwood MUGA to the Botanic Garden and ending at the Howlands Park and Ride/South Road Junction.

January 6 to February 10, 2020

Phase 8: From Hollingside lane, along South Road to Howlands Park and Ride

Existing footpath along South Road widened from the junction at Hollingside Lane/South Road to the junction at Howlands/South Road.

February 10 to February 25, 2020

Phase 9: Hollingside Lane to the Elvet Hill/Trevelyan carpark

Remodelled University gateway ‘hub’ with landscaping on Hollingside Lane/South Road junction

New signalised pedestrian crossing on South Road between the new ‘hub’ and the woodland area to the North East of Elvet Hill/Trevelyan Carpark.

Removal of the existing signalised pedestrian crossing on South Road between Hollingside Lane and Elvet Hill Road.

February 25 to March 30, 2020

Phase 10: Hollingside Lane to Victor Watts Library

New footpath from the Hollingside Lane/South Road junction running along Hollingside Lane to the front of Victor Watts Library.

New raised table section of road to the front of Victor Watts Library.

New combined kerb drainage system running the full length of Hollingside Lane.

October 13 to October 27, 2020

Phase 11: Upper Mountjoy

12 new or widened footpaths around Upper Mountjoy

July 30 to September 8, 2020

Phase 12: Victor Watts Library to Fountains Hall

New footpath from the new raised table at the front of Victor Watts Library along Hollingside Lane to Fountains Hall.

New combined kerb drainage system running the full length of Hollingside Lane.

October 13 to October 27, 2020

Phase 13: Fountains Hall to the new car park access road on Hollingside Lane

New footpath from Fountains Hall along Hollingside Lane to the new carpark access road on Hollingside Lane.

New combined kerb drainage system running the full length of Hollingside Lane.

October 13 to October 27, 2020

Wayfinding: Campus wide

New wayfinding totems and signs

January 5 to January 18, 2021

Section 2: Hollingside Lane to Maths and Computer Science Building.

New access road from Hollingside Lane to adjoin a new 215-space car park, behind new Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building.

September 28, 2020 to April 8, 2021

To view a phasing plan, click here.

A visualisation of the improved route to Grey College

A visualisation of the improved route to Grey College

We hope that these improvements will enable more of our staff and students to choose sustainable travel options.

We have worked hard to ensure as many people as possible can use the new and improved routes, so will include accessibility features wherever possible.

We’re pleased that the project will support the environment, with improvements for biodiversity and nature conservation.

To help users navigate the new and improved routes, signs will be installed where necessary.

The new car park will mitigate the removal of parking spaces elsewhere on the University site. It will be at Upper Mountjoy to support efforts to reduce congestion and air pollution closer to the city centre.

Project progress
We consulted with staff, students, local residents and other stakeholders on these proposals during April and May 2018 and were granted planning permission by Durham County Council in July 2019.