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Durham University

Accommodation & Estates Developments

Infrastructure improvements

Part of the new route, lit

Part of the new cycle and footpaths

Status: Completed

Partners: Colas, Summers Inman, Arup, DPP

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

The Hub of South Road and Hollingside Lane

The Hub of South Road and Hollingside Lane

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 have been developed on the Mount Oswald site.

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

Aware of pressure on pedestrian and road user movement around our sites, we invested over £6 million to address these issues.

Infrastructure Improvements project – Section 1 completed

Infrastructure Improvements project – Section 1 completed

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We’re investing £6.5m in enhancing the movement of pedestrians and vehicles around our site, through the Infrastructure Improvements project. See what we’ve done under Section 1.

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

Works completed

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Widening of South Road northbound carriageway and provision of a new footpath from Elvet Hill Road to the new pedestrian crossing at Hollingside Lane.

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.

Removal of the existing traffic island and narrowing of the carriageway to provide a 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Phase 11: Upper Mountjoy

Installation of new pedestrian walkways through the existing car parks.

Installation of four zebra crossings around the Department of Psychology and Mountjoy Centre.

Construction of new footpaths with drop crossings, linking Rowan House to the existing car parks and the bus stop.

Repositioning of street lighting columns to accommodate the new footpaths.

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.

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.

Work outstanding

Wayfinding: Campus wide

New wayfinding totems and signs

September 7 to September 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.

An improved path near the Islamic Prayer Room

An improved foot and cycle path between Physics and the Islamic Prayer Room

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, including accessibility features wherever possible.

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

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

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