Interserve Construction - Mount Oswald Student Accommodation

Project Details

Project - Mount Oswald Student Accommodation

Sector - Residential

Technology - Concrete  

Company - Interserve Construction

Project Overview

A key part of Durham University's strategic plan, the new Mount Oswald development provides 1000 new student bed spaces, as well as social spaces for two separate colleges on a site almost seven-acres in size.

To create a unique identity and promote a sense of belonging, each college needed to look different while still delivering the same scope and functionality. The project also needed to complete for the start of the 2020-21 academic year, and provide benefits for the University and local community, not only during construction, but also for the 50-year life of the buildings.

We saw this as an opportunity to think and act differently, and explored a number of modern construction techniques, selecting PCE Ltd's concrete crosswall solution for the range of benefits it brought. The use of concrete provided a versatile range of styles and guaranteed a high-quality finish.

The off-site solution provided a significant reduction in programme when compared to a traditional construction method, including a reduction of 24,000 hours of brickwork. The solution reduced waste during construction, improved safety on site and will continue to provide the University with long-term resilience and reduced maintenance and running costs.

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