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Accommodation & Estates Developments

Maiden Castle

Status: In Development

Work began: July 2017

Work due to be completed: Winter 2019

Cost: £31 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

More information:

Durham University Strategy, 2017-2027 aims to deliver a wider student experience to rival anywhere in the world, and both sport and physical activity 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 Department.

Initial improvements to the facilities which include a new rubber crumb sports pitch, upgrading hockey pitches and improving car parking facilities and access to the site are on-going.

Planning for the second phase of the programme, comprising major indoor facility developments and two beach volleyball courts has been approved by the local authority and work since has begun.

Maiden Castle Project

Maiden Castle Project

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This video shows the work underway on our £31m new sports and wellbeing centre at our Maiden Castle site in the south west of Durham City, North East England.

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