Durham University Business School

Durham, UK - University

A new home for the renowned Durham University Business School.

The redevelopment of Elvet Waterside for a new business school forms a central part of the Durham University Strategy and Masterplan and signifies the commencement of phase two of the University’s strategic development plan.

Client
Durham University
Location
Durham, UK
Sector
University
Status
Complete 2024
Value
£20m
Area
12,500sqm

Facilitating a world leading student experience.

The development is a fundamental driver in the University’s vision to produce world changing research. New facilities provide students with an education that is challenging, research led, and transformative.

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Comprising innovative teaching spaces from traditional lecture rooms and academic offices to flexible teaching rooms, research labs, learning zones and breakout spaces, the building is designed to adapt and cater to different learning and teaching styles. More widely, the new business school is set to bring significant economic benefits to Durham city, county, and the region.

A key challenge in the site development was the proximity of Durham Cathedral, a world heritage site, as well as complex flood considerations due to the proximity of the River Wear.

Ryder has engaged with the Business School throughout the project to fully understand the requirements of a leading full service business school, and how this new space can provide an excellent environment for students—from undergraduate to post-experience and executive—as well as staff and partners.

Professor Toby Watson

Executive Dean, Durham University Business School

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interior of building with reception desk
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