Mount Oswald, Durham University

Mount Oswald, Durham University

Construction of two distinct colleges for John Snow and 17th Colleges within the University, comprising 1000 bed spaces, two college heart buildings, and a hub building with formal dining facilities.

Higher Education - North East

Project Overview

New build 1,000 room student accommodation development, creating a new campus, along with supporting student centre and other buildings. 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 includes 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 were prefabricated off-site for PCE. The overall development also includes a Hub building with an events hall, music rooms, performance practice room, yoga/dance studio and a faithroom.

The variety of structural solutions are each tailored to the architectural layouts of the buildings they make up.

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Services we provided:

  • Civils & StructuresCivils & Structures


Interserve / Durham University

We worked with:

Architect: Willmore Iles

Contractors: Tilbury Douglas

M&E Engineer: JCP

Planning Consultant: Hedley Planning Services

Landscape Architect: DP Landscape Architecture

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The Challenge

To stay within the confines of the project program timeframe for the build and avoid any delays of delivering the project

Our Solution

We 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.


Project Highlights

  • DfMA and precast structure

  • 850 student bed space

  • The development covers an internal area of 323,000 sq ft

Environmental Engineer
Conservation Specialist
Structural Engineer


  • Best Use of Concrete Technology – Winner - at the Offsite awards 2021

  • Student Accommodation Conference & Awards 2020 University Halls of Residence of the Year – Winner

  • Collaboration of the Year – Winner 

Mount Oswald, Durham University

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