Durham University – Mount Oswald

Constructing Excellence

Mount Oswald is unique; the exemplary 26,914 m2 new campus provides over 1,000 new students beds, social and academic space. The design, build, finance and operate structure of the team and nature of the work; provided an ideal opportunity to act differently and drive value. Mount Oswald directly addresses many of the current industry challenges by embracing digital and off-site technologies, driving efficiencies, providing sustainable outcomes as well as delivering exceptional customer and student experiences.


Constructing Excellence


Digital, we researched and implemented a wide range of best practice across the wider team and project lifecycle to drive efficiencies including document management, record keeping, planning, progress-control, supply-chain collaboration, engagement, build methodology and co-ordination. Key to our effective delivery has been the Fieldview, 4projects, Sablono and Asta BIM systems. Benefits included handing over 2,000 rooms defect free and completing over 80,000 fit-out activities seamlessly, with design approvals 35% more efficient.

> Sustainability was paramount to all; the development supports the Durham ‘Greenspace’ initiative and UN Sustainability Goals; the buildings are highly sustainable, designed and constructed using low-carbon technologies and materials. To support decarbonisation; 2,030m2 of photovoltaics provide over 340KW of power, reducing CO2 by 172,349kg per-year.

>Fast track programme from initial concept to handover of the new campus to the meet the new term dates.


Constructing Excellence


> Early collaboration and the use of specialist design team partners selected based specifically on their knowledge of DfMa and exemplar student accommodation.

>Working within a challenging fixed budget, we delivered a high quality approximately 15% below the BCIS mean average for a facility of this type.

> Back-to-back supply chain contracts, provided significant innovations to the project, and provided value savings in excess of £10m without affecting functionality or aesthetics, and reducing procurement costs.

> Enhancing the campus and student experience.

> Safe delivery, with over 1 million hours worked accident free on a logistically challenging university campus with over 19,000 students.

>Providing over £168m of social value outcomes for the region.


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