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Durham University News


Consultation on £85 million Mount Oswald project

(28 September 2017)

Durham University is holding a public consultation on proposals to develop the Mount Oswald site, Durham City. 

Residents and businesses are invited to find out more about the University’s vision for Mount Oswald and to help shape the proposals by providing their valuable feedback.

Ambitious Strategy

As part of the University Strategy, 2017-2027, the University is relocating academic programmes and colleges from its Queen’s Campus in Stockton-on-Tees to Durham City and growing student numbers to a maximum of 21,500 by 2027.

Half of all students will live in collegiate accommodation by 2027 and Mount Oswald was identified as a potential site for new student residential accommodation in the University’s Estate Masterplan, which was subject to public consultation in late 2016.

The site is close to Durham University Business School and academic departments on the University’s Lower Mountjoy site, as well as a number of the University’s Colleges. It also benefits from good transport links to Durham and beyond.

Exciting proposals

The University is proposing to develop space for John Snow College, which is relocating from Queen’s Campus, and a new 17th college, together totalling 1,000 student bed spaces. The facilities would be self-catering, with a mix of en-suite rooms, shared bathrooms, cluster flats and townhouses. There would also be a Hub, comprising student facilities and administrative space.

Outline consent for the Mount Oswald site was granted in February 2013. The University is now seeking approval of the Reserved Matters for the scheme, relating to appearance, landscaping, layout and scale. The proposal also involves the inclusion of a separate application for a Multi-Use Games Area.

It is hoped a planning application for the proposed development will be submitted shortly and the development will be completed for the academic year 2019/20.

Open invitation

A public exhibition of the proposals will be held at the Palatine Centre, Durham University, Stockton Road, Durham City, DH1 3LE on Thursday 12 October from 12pm to 7pm. All are welcome.

Representatives of the University and project partners will be present to provide detailed information and answer any questions.

Valuable feedback

Jane Robinson, Chief Operating Officer at Durham University, said: “Our ambitious University Strategy, 2017-2027 aims to ensure we continue to deliver world-class research, education and wider student experience.

“The development of two new colleges at Mount Oswald is a key project in delivering this – and an exciting one as we create not only new student facilities but also a new Durham college, with its own unique identity.

“We want those with whom we share this beautiful city to help us shape these proposals and we very much hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to visit our public exhibition or website and make comments.”

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