Portsmouth Council Approve 97-bed Student Scheme
15th Dec 2017
Plans to construct a new teaching and learning centre at Durham University look likely to be approved after the council recommended the plans are given the go-ahead.
The application is one of the first elements of the university's wider 2017-2027 Estate Masterplan.
The proposals call for the development of a three-storey facility suitable for mixed uses.
The project is expected to create more than 450 jobs.
The ground floor is set to consist of an entrance foyer, two lecture theatres, three computer laboratories, two seminar rooms and three project rooms.
The first and second floors will have a variety of teaching facilities as well as social learning spaces and offices.
Durham University suggested the site's existing teaching estate was already at capacity and facilities are unevenly spread across the city.
The university added: "The proposed development will create a central hub for students to access lecture theatres, tutorials, group study and supplementary social learning spaces.
"The primary objective of the proposed development is to provide a new high-class, state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility for Durham University which will house 88,800 sq ft of accommodation, including lecture theatres, classrooms, seminar rooms, catering facilities, education labs, breakout spaces and student learning zones.
"The proposed development will create a central hub for students to access lecture theatres, tutorials, group study and supplementary social learning spaces. The core teaching spaces will also be supported by ancillary facilities allowing students to access a wide range of facilities in one building without traversing the wider University estate."
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