Interserve hands over new £80m colleges development to Durham University
The Mount Oswald site includes a new home for John Snow College and the new South College, ready to welcome students from September 2020.
Together, the two colleges offer purpose-built, self-catering accommodation for 1,000 students. Each college has a unique look and feel with their own common rooms, support offices and café bar.
The Mount Oswald site also has a University Hub with a large events hall with capacity to seat 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).
The accommodation is provided in a cluster of flats and townhouses, with the townhouses delivered through traditional construction methods and the flats constructed using an innovative off-site system.
The project has already been shortlisted in three categories in the Offsite Construction Awards for Best Use of Concrete Technology, Best Use of Hybrid Technology, and Education Project of the Year.
Mount Oswald has also been shortlisted at the Constructing Excellence North East awards in the Digital Construction and Offsite Project of the Year categories, and Interserve Construction has been shortlisted as Contractor of the Year for its work on the project.
The Interserve team continued to work on the new college – the first to be built for Durham University in 14 years – throughout the COVID-19 pandemic while observing strict social distancing guidelines.
Mark Gardham, Director, Interserve Construction, 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.
“Interserve Construction has a strong track record in the further education sector across Yorkshire and the North-East, having demonstrated our capabilities in delivering projects supporting education, innovation and research over many years.”
Jeremy Cook, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience) at Durham University, 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.”