Consultation begins on Mount Oswald project
(12 October 2017)
Durham University has begun consultation on its proposed development for the Mount Oswald site, Durham City.
The University is proposing to develop two Colleges on the site: John Snow College, which is relocating from the University’s Queen’s Campus, in Stockton-on-Tees, and a new 17th College, together totalling 1,000 student bed spaces.
The proposals provide for two Colleges with strong individual identities that would, respectively, tie into the traditional and more contemporary architectural aspects of the City.
All facilities would be self-catering, with a mixture of en suite and shared bathroom accommodation. Each College would have its own administrative and social space.
The proposals also include a new shared Hub building, featuring a large hall for formal College dining and social events, gym, music and performance space, faith room and laundry, and a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).
The Mount Oswald project would bring a number of benefits to Durham residents, including community use of the new sports and event spaces. During construction, it will also result in the creation of 30 new jobs and six apprenticeships, as well as educational visits and work placement opportunities for local schools and colleges.
The development is intended to be completed for the academic year 2019/20.
The construction contract arrangements are being finalised and subject to final agreement would be undertaken by Interserve, while the accommodation would be operated in partnership with Campus Living Villages.
Outline planning consent for the site was granted by Durham County Council in 2013.
The University and contractor intend to submit a Reserved Matters planning application for the College accommodation and a full application for the MUGA to the Council at the end of October 2017. Feedback is invited from the public on both applications.
A public exhibition of the proposals was held at the Palatine Centre, Durham City, on Thursday 12 October.
The proposals and the opportunity to comment on them are also available on the Durham University website here.
The consultation will continue until Monday 23 October.
The Council will undertake statutory consultation once the planning applications have been submitted.
Jane Robinson, Chief Operating Officer at Durham University, said: “We are very pleased to be able to announce the details of our proposals for the Mount Oswald site. We are aiming to develop Colleges and facilities that will help us offer a wider student experience to rival anywhere in the world.
“I would like to thank everyone who attended the public exhibition and invite all with an interest in the development to make comments on our proposals via our website. All feedback is valuable to us, and will help us deliver the best development for the University, our staff and students, Durham City and the North East.”