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University Strategy 2017-2027

Accommodation and Estates

“Durham is a uniquely beautiful place and we are fortunate as a University community to work and live in many wonderful buildings. But we want to do better still. In order to deliver our University Strategy, we need a world-class estate. To achieve that we will need to make major investments, both in building new departmental space, teaching space, residential accommodation and student facilities, and in improving the condition of our existing estate.”

Jane Robinson, Chief Operating Officer

Our goals

We will:

  • Develop an academic estate that will allow the University to deliver world-class education, research and student experience;
  • Ensure the long-term availability of suitable residential accommodation;
  • Ensure the continuing renewal and maintenance of our estate;
  • Improve the environmental sustainability and ease of travel around our estate and city locations.

We are already doing well

  • Durham University’s position as a world-leading centre of research in astronomy and cosmology was reaffirmed with the opening of the iconic Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics building in March 2017. The Centre has benefitted from the generous support of The Ogden Trust and The Wolfson Foundation and was designed by Studio Libeskind.
  • Durham University’s £25 million investment in the New World Computing Programme supports high performance computing of the first rank and will enable new working platforms across the University.
  • At Collingwood College major plans are underway to establish a new 200-seat arts centre, a gym extension, a Yoga/Pilates studio, an enlarged Junior Common Room and a bar conservatory, all thanks to a transformational gift from alumnus Mark Hillery.

But there is So Much More to come

By 2027, we will:

  • Deliver a new estate in three phases, beginning with the construction of a Centre for Teaching and Learning, new buildings for Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science, a new sports park at Maiden Castle, two new Colleges at Mount Oswald and some remodelling of our buildings on the Peninsula.
  • Deliver a second phase of estate development from c.2020-2023. This will begin with a new Business School at Elvet Waterside. There will also be new developments at Elvet Riverside as we build new facilities for our Arts and Humanities Departments.
  • Deliver a third phase of estate development at our Science Site to ensure that our laboratory-based science Departments have facilities to match their international reputations.
  • Deliver repairs to existing buildings (both Collegiate and academic) such that 85% of our buildings are of a very high standard by 2027.
  • Establish and nurture four to six new Colleges through the life of the new University Strategy.
So Much More to Come

So Much More to Come

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Durham University makes a significant contribution regionally, nationally and internationally. To continue to thrive, we will need to expand and develop. There is So Much More to Come.