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Consultation begins on three estates projects

(27 April 2018)

Durham University and Durham County Council have begun consultation on three estates projects proposed for Durham City.

The University is proposing to build a new Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building, and undertake an infrastructure project to improve pedestrian and road user movement around the University and City.

Durham County Council is proposing a series of measures to improve pedestrian access along Church Street.

Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science

The new Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building would be sited within the University’s estate at Upper Mountjoy.

The facility is needed to support the University’s strategy for growth and to support research and teaching within the two departments.

The building would include a lecture theatre, teaching rooms, seminar rooms, computer science laboratories, student learning zones, academic offices, meeting rooms, catering facilities and an entrepreneurship hub facilitating student enterprise and links with local businesses.

The shape and size of the building has been developed to minimise its impact on key views.

Infrastructure improvements

The infrastructure project has been developed to preserve and enhance the safety of staff, students, visitors and members of the public as the University expands its student numbers and develops new student and college facilities at Mount Oswald.

The project comprises: development of a new and improved footpath to the east of South Road, between the Mount Oswald site and the New Inn junction; a new road access to the Mountjoy site via Hollingside Lane; a new car park with up to 250 spaces at Upper Mountjoy; and improved east-west pedestrian access across South Road.

Feedback invited

A public exhibition of the proposals was held at the Palatine Centre on Thursday 26 April.

The event was attended by over 150 visitors and a range of constructive feedback was received.

The proposals are detailed on the University website, here, and comments are invited until Friday 11 May.

Durham County Council will undertake statutory consultation on Durham University planning applications once they have been submitted.

World-class estate

Jane Robinson, Chief Operating Officer at Durham University, said: “We are very pleased to be able to announce the details of our proposals for a new Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building and improvements to the infrastructure around the University.

“We aim to deliver a world-class estate that provides a suitable environment for the delivery of cutting-edge research and education, as well as preserving and enhancing the safety of both our staff and students and our neighbours and visitors.

“I would like to thank everyone who attended the public exhibition and invite all with an interest in these developments to make comments on the proposals via our website. All feedback will be carefully considered and will help us deliver the best developments for the University, our staff and students, Durham City and North East England.”

Next steps

The University hopes to submit a planning application for the new Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building in May 2018. Subject to planning permission being obtained, work would start on site in autumn 2018 and the building would be ready for the 2020/21 academic year.

The University hopes to submit planning applications for the infrastructure improvements in July 2018. Subject to planning permission being obtained, work would start on site in January 2019. The footpath works would be completed by autumn 2019 and the new car park completed by summer 2020.

Durham County Council will undertake more detailed consultation on its proposals over the coming months.

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