Durham University announce plans to build two new colleges
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The new colleges, which will be built on Mount Oswald, a site acquired to the south of the city, are due to open in early spring 2020.
They will add to the sixteen existing colleges, increasing the student population which currently stands at around 18,000.
The colleges will be designed, built and operated by a consortium led by the firm Interserve. Fund and asset management firm, Equity and Campus Living Villages, which is an on-campus student accommodation developer and operator, will finance and operate the two new colleges on a fifty-one year term.
Professor Stuart Corbridge, Durham University vice-chancellor, said: "The development of two college facilities at Mount Oswald, including 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."
The new colleges are set to provide one thousand beds, with new buildings including a three hundred seat eating hall, as well as sports and music facilities for students.
One of the colleges is set to provide accommodation for students at the existing John Snow college which is currently based at Durham University’s Stockton campus, where it is being moved from.
Cost of construction is anticipated to be at least £85m, however, this is not being met by the University, instead construction costs are being covered by the University's partners.
This will be the first new college to be founded since the opening of Josephine Butler College, over ten years ago in 2006, and marks a step forward in Durham's expansion plan, to increase the student population to 21,500 by 2027.