Campus Living Villages selected as the preferred bidder to create up to 1,000 new student beds for Durham University

October 04, 2017

A consortium including Campus Living Villages has been selected for a proposed £85 million project by Durham University to create up to 1,000 new student bed spaces for two new colleges in Durham.

We have been chosen as the University’s preferred bidder for the project, set to provide facilities management for the colleges. Tenancy management, academic and pastoral activities would remain the responsibility of the University.

The consortium, comprises of leading support services and construction firm Interserve, fund and asset management company Equitix and ourselves to finance, build and operate the two new facilities for up to 50 years.

On 12 October, Durham University began its consultation on the proposed development for the Mount Oswald site.

The University is proposing to develop two Colleges on the site: John Snow College, which is relocating from the University’s Queen’s Campus, in Stockton-on-Tees, and a new 17th College, together totalling 1,000 student bed spaces.

The proposals provide for two Colleges with strong individual identities that would, respectively, tie into the traditional and more contemporary architectural aspects of the City.

All facilities would be self-catering, with a mixture of en suite and shared bathroom accommodation. Each College would have its own administrative and social space.

Richard Gabelich, CEO for Campus Living Villages UK, said: “We are delighted to be an integral part of this consortium in delivering a fantastic student-centric project for one of the world’s top universities

“We have a highly experienced team who are dedicated to contributing to the University’s objective of providing the best in student experience to an extremely competitive market.

“This high-quality project would add to our ever-expanding portfolio across the world and we’re looking forward to working closely with our consortium partners and Durham University.”

Jane Robinson, Chief Operating Officer for Durham University, said: “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 new colleges at Mount Oswald is a key project in delivering a wider student experience as good as anywhere in the world. We are very pleased to be working with the consortium to deliver this project.”

Debbie White, Chief Executive for Interserve, added: “Interserve has an extensive portfolio of student accommodation projects, which demonstrates the strength and capability of our teams working in partnership with clients in the further education sector.

“We look forward to building on our 15-year relationship with Durham University by starting work on this exciting project.”

The development is intended to be completed for the academic year 2019/20.

Outline planning consent for the site was granted by Durham County Council in 2013.

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