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Durham University News


Redevelopment to begin at popular sports complex

(13 July 2017)

Work to enhance Durham University sports facilities already used by more than 2,000 residents of North East England each week is to begin.

The University is making a substantial investment in Maiden Castle, near Durham City, to improve its sports facilities for student and community use.

First phase

The first phase of a two-part, £35 million programme to create an integrated sports park will see a new rubber crumb sports pitch created inside the existing athletics track, one hockey pitch upgraded and another resurfaced.

The existing car parking facilities and access to the site from the A177 will also be improved.

Work is set to begin on Monday 17 July, 2017 and be completed by mid-November 2017.

Second phase

The second phase of the programme, which would provide an indoor sports hall, cricket facility, indoor tennis and squash courts and a new fitness suite, is the subject of a separate planning application and ongoing public consultation.

Maiden Castle currently hosts 15 community clubs, engaging more than 2,000 local residents each week. In addition, the University hosts and delivers many junior development programmes including the Durham County Institute of Sport, an initiative that supports around 100 of the County’s most promising young athletes.

It is hoped the new investment will both benefit staff and students and enhance the University’s role as a hub for local and regional sport.

So Much More

Quentin Sloper, Director of Experience Durham at Durham University, said: “We are very pleased to be starting work on site to enhance the existing sports facilities at Maiden Castle.

“We know our existing facilities are popular with many local residents but there is a need to expand what we provide and the facility developments will enable us to do more to support recreational, club and grassroots sport.”

Jane Robinson, Chief Operating Officer of Durham University, said: “We hope this investment, an important part of our University Strategy 2017-2027, will be of benefit to staff, students and local residents alike.

“We want to be a good neighbour and, as such, this development will be carefully managed. We will do everything we can to keep local residents updated on progress and minimise any inconvenience caused during the development phase.”

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