Kier Construction has been appointed to build new £20 million Sheraton Park student accommodation scheme in Durham city centre.
Kier’s appointment by the specialist student housing developer, Alumno, marks a major turning point in the transformation of the Edwardian landmark buildings.
The site is being brought back to life with plans for 418 student rooms as a result of designs developed by architectural practice, Howarth Litchfield, who were major contributors when securing planning permission for Sheraton Park.
Low environmental impact is at the heart of the design with the development focusing on reducing energy and minimising emissions; using A/A= rated building elements and implementing a range of water saving measures.
The new facilities will cater for a mixture of undergraduates, post-graduates, returning students and some fellows, and will include a mix of en suite bedrooms, studios and accessible bedrooms.
Gary Dobson, Kier Construction area operations manager, said: “We are delighted to continue our successful relationship with Alumno Developments. We will draw from our experience in delivering high quality student accommodation together to produce a unique product that significantly enhances the student experience in Durham, and we are excited about getting construction under way.”
David Campbell, Alumno’s managing director, added: “Sheraton Park will offer its end-users a premium blend of student accommodation within an highly attractive environment and we aim to reinterpret the original character while maintaining much of the history of the existing site.
“The sensitive development of the site is predominantly landscape led and the proposals will recreate a semi-wild parkland within the confines of the local environment. We anticipate high demand from students wishing to live there.”