The Challenge:

Sheraton Park student accommodation comprised of Neville House, which needed to be refurbished and converted into accommodation 227 bedrooms, while Sheraton House was to be demolished and a new 191-bedroom 13,500m2 block built on site. The accommodation needed to be designed to cater for a mixture of undergraduates, post-graduates, returning students and include a mix of en-suite bedrooms, studios and accessible bedrooms.

Part way through the programme an amendment to the planning application was submitted and additional works added to the contract including a bar, gym and an additional recreational and communal area to support the relocation of Ustinov College, Durham University’s postgraduate only college.

The Solution:

Working collaboratively with the client and their wider stakeholders the team delivered a sustainable building with a low environmental impact at the heart of the design.

A re-agreed change control process was adhered to, allow the changes to be incorporated the change without significant impact on programme, cost and progression of the design.

The Impact:

All phases of the project were delivered on time and on budget to a delighted client.The resulting buildings have brought many benefits for the university, students and the environment.

This includes reduced energy consumption and minimised emissions, A/A+ rated building elements, a range of water saving measures and recycling facilities. The Park is also aligned closely with Durham University’s green travel policies, which promote cycling, walking and the use of public transport.

" I have worked excellently with Kier on previous projects but the team working on Sheraton Park has been a cut above. Client focused and happy to go the extra mile. Overall extremely satisfied with the end product and the relationship throughout the build "
Natalie Greig Development Manager Alumno Developments

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