Interserve delivers £80m development for Durham University, UK

WCN Editorial Team 8 Dec 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based construction company Interserve Group has completed an £80m development project at Mount Oswald site for Durham University.

The project involved the construction of a student accommodation facility for John Snow College as well as the new South College.

The two new colleges provide purpose-built, self-catering accommodation for 1,000 students with each college comprising common rooms, support offices and café bar.

Interserve said that the student accommodation were developed in a cluster of flats and townhouses format.

The townhouses were built using traditional construction methods while the flats were delivered using an innovative off-site system.

The new college is said to be the first facility constructed for Durham University in 14 years. The company also noted that construction work continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic following social distancing guidelines.

The Mount Oswald site also accommodates a University Hub with a large events hall with a seating capacity of 300 people, a gym, music practice rooms, a launderette, a faith and quiet room, a dance studio, a performance practice space and a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).

Interserve Construction director Mark Gardham said: “We are delighted to have successfully handed over this new facility to Durham University after more than two years onsite.

“During the construction, we also hosted site visits for local students from Durham University and New College Durham and created six new apprenticeships directly with Interserve Construction and four within the supply chain.”

Durham University pro-vice-chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience) Jeremy Cook said: “We are delighted to be moving into the completed Mount Oswald development ready for the 2020/21 academic year.

“The project demonstrates our commitment to enhancing the student experience on offer here at Durham and its completion marks a key milestone in the delivery of our University Strategy to be world-leading across research, education and the wider student experience.”

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Rendering of the new student accommodation facility in Durham, UK. (Credit: Interserve.)

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