UPP preferred bidder for Durham University accommodation project

With over 25 years of experience operating in the sector and having invested over £3.5bn, UPP has a strong track record of delivering next generation campuses at scale.

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UPP has been selected as the Preferred Bidder to develop, in partnership with Durham University, a detailed scheme proposition for the refurbishment of the College of St Hild and St Bede and the development of new college accommodation at the Leazes Road site.

One of the key drivers for this project for both Durham University and Durham City is to increase the proportion of students living in high quality university owned accommodation.

The site benefits from a south-facing aspect fronting on to the River Wear. It is also a short walk from the city centre and nearby Gilesgate area. The project is set to deliver 1,000 student beds.

UPP is the UK’s only multi-discipline, full-service Design, Build, Fund and Operate (DBFO) company dedicated to the Higher Education sector.

“We are delighted to announce UPP as preferred bidder and look forward to working together to develop a scheme for the redevelopment of the Leazes Road site.

“The project will seek to rejuvenate The College of St Hild and St Bede on its iconic and beautiful site on the slope of the river Wear, providing excellent accommodation with a first-class student experience for the future. In securing preferred bidder status, UPP is working in partnership with the University to shape exciting plans and state of the art designs for accommodation at the Leazes Road site.”

Jeremy Cook OBE, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience), Durham University

With over 25 years of experience operating in the sector and having invested over £3.5bn, UPP has a strong track record of delivering next generation campuses at scale.

UPP will now work with the university to refine the proposal with the scheme currently scheduled to start in 2025. UPP showed their appreciation for landing the deal.

“UPP is delighted to be working on this incredibly important project at Durham University.

“This scheme is about respecting, protecting and enhancing the history and heritage of the university for the benefit of future students.

“We are excited to co-create an environment that puts student experience at its heart, building on each unique college identity.”

Elaine Hewitt, CEO, UPP

Durham University’s £80m Mount Oswald development was also launched in time for the 2021 academic year. It is home to John Snow College, South College, the university hub building and a multi-use games area.

This was the first project to be built for the university in 14 years, and works continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic, following Government guidance.