Status: In Development
Work began: July 2017
Work due to be completed: September 2019
Cost: £35 million
Partners: DPP, Galliford Try, Faulkner Brown, Turner & Townsend
Brief: Develop an integrated Sports Park at Maiden Castle
Project Sponsor: Owen Adams
Operational lead: Quentin Sloper
Estates project manager: Barry Frost
Durham University Strategy, 2017-2027 aims to deliver a wider student experience to rival anywhere in the world, and sport and leisure are important parts of this. The delivery of new facilities will allow the University to compete sustainably at the highest levels of British university sport and will also support increasing overall levels of student, staff and local community participation in sport and physical activity.
The objective is to create a Sports Park with direct links to Durham City, which will deliver an extensive refurbishment and redevelopment of the existing internal and external sporting facilities at Maiden Castle, together with construction of a new sports complex. The facilities will include state-of-the-art sports laboratories which will facilitate the transfer of elements of the Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity undergraduate degree programme to Maiden Castle and underpin the successful development of this programme.
Work on initial improvements to the facilities which includes a new rubber crumb sports pitch, upgrading hockey pitches and improving car parking facilities and access to the site is due to be completed later this year.
Planning for the second phase of of the programme, comprising major indoor facility developments and two beach volleyball courts has been approved by the local authority and work will begin in April 2018.