• Mount Oswald, Durham University

    Client: Interserve / Durham University
    Value: £80m
    Architect: Wilmore Isles
    Completion: 2020

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    The Mount Oswald project includes a new home for the John Snow and 17th Colleges, together with new student residential accommodation
    providing 1,000 self-catering bed spaces with a mixture of en-suite and shared bathroom accommodation.

    Each college will include a central heart building providing a JCR/bar area and office space.

    The development consists of 5 blocks all four storeys high and includes all the structural elements from ground beams to finished elevations.

    The Superstructure for all 5 blocks comprises precast concrete panels all of which are made up of DfMA components that are being prefabricated off-site for PCE. The overall development will also include a Hub building with an events hall, music rooms, performance practice room, yoga/dance studio
    and a faithroom.

    The project comprises a variety of structural solutions, each tailored to the architectural layouts of the buildings it will make up.

    Added Value:

    We have developed a Curtins Precast workflow to streamline the creation of precast concrete DfMA manufactured drawings combining several new ways of working into a less time consuming more calculated process.

    Key Points:

    • DfMA and Precast structure
    • Providing 850 Student Bed Space
    • The development will cover an internal area of 323,000 sq ft


    • Highly Commended for Digital Construction at the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber Awards 2019