Durham University Seeks Contractor for £100m Student Accommodation Development

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Durham University is looking for a contractor to design, build, finance and manage a £100m student accommodation development.

The university has acquired land on the former Mount Oswald golf course that Banks Group is developing for housing. It has outline planning permission for 1,000 student rooms.

The university is anticipating that its student body will grow by 6,000 over the next decade and is therefore looking for more accommodation to be able to meet the increasing demand for student housing.

Much like Oxford and Cambridge, Durham University is divided into colleges. Mount Oswald is situated close to the city centre and is set to house new colleges, each of approximately 500 self-catered bedrooms, plus the associated college infrastructure and common areas.

The university ideally would like the delivery of both colleges as early as possible, with at least 700 rooms, plus all the associated social and college administration facilities being available for occupation by September 2019. Further work to deliver the final 300 rooms would be completed in 2021, assuming all goes to plan.