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Accommodation & Estates Developments

Mount Oswald

Status: In Planning

Work due to begin: Summer 2018

Work due to be completed: September 2020

Cost: £80 million

Partners: Interserve, Campus Living Villages, Equitix

Brief: Develop two colleges with a total of 1,000 student bed spaces at Mount Oswald

Project sponsor: Jane Robinson

Operational lead: Dave Hunt

More information:

As part of the Durham University Strategy, 2017-2027, academic programmes and colleges will be relocated from Queen’s Campus in Stockton to Durham City, student numbers will grow to a maximum of 21,500 by 2027 and 50% of students will live in collegiate accommodation.

To help meet these objectives, space for John Snow College and a new 17th college will be developed at Mount Oswald, totalling 1,000 student bed space, to be ready for 2020/21.

The facilities will be self-catering, with a mix of en-suite rooms, shared bathrooms, cluster flats and townhouses.

There will also be a Hub, with an events hall, gym, music practice rooms, a launderette, faith room and administrative space, and a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).

Planning permission was granted by Durham County Council in January 2018 and work will begin on site in summer 2018. The MUGA remains subject to an ongoing planning application.