Durham University set to create two colleges worth combined £105m

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Durham UniversityDurham University is set to create two colleges at Mount Oswald worth a combined £105m.

Interserve and its consortium will design, build and operate the colleges which are due to open in 2020 with the scheme forming part of the University’s strategy to deliver world-class research, education and a wider student experience.

The consortium, made up of Interserve, fund and asset management firm Equitix and on-campus student accommodation developer and operator, Campus Living Villages UK, will design, build, finance and operate two new colleges on a 51 year concession. The project will mark the first new college to be founded in the city since 2006.

Interserve will be responsible for designing and building the two new colleges – totalling 1,000 bed spaces – plus a feature new University hub building with 300-seat banquet hall, sports and music facilities. Work will commence shortly with the scheme due to be completed in early spring 2020.

The project will mark the continuing of a 15-year relationship between the University and Interserve. The facilities are being built on a University-acquired site just to the south of the city.

Debbie White, Interserve’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have reached financial close on this project and look forward to starting on site imminently. This project builds on our extensive experience in the further education sector and our strong 15-year relationship with the University of Durham.

“Through our understanding and expertise in delivering market leading education facilities, we are proud to be supporting the University of Durham to realise their University Strategy 2017-2027 by delivering these world–class facilities”.

Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor at Durham University, added: “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 college facilities at Mount Oswald, including a one brand new College and a purpose-built new home for our John Snow College, is a key project in delivering a wider student experience as good as anywhere in the world.

“We are pleased to have reached financial close and look forward to work beginning on site shortly.”

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