We’re delighted to share that work has recently completed at Durham University’s new Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science building, within the grounds of the Upper Mountjoy campus.
Working closely with Sir Robert McAlpine, appointed by the University as Main Contractor, we have successfully delivered this £40m building, which forms part of a masterplan to provide improved infrastructure and additional teaching and research space.
Durham University identified that significant growth in maths and computer science was critical to the delivery of the University strategy, and that this building was essential to facilitate the level of growth targeted. Crucially, the spaces provided are intended to fulfil the needs of professors, allowing the departments to grow by recruiting more of the experts in their respective fields.
This cutting-edge new building will provide office space to both professors and PhD students, in addition to having a number of specialist labs, including a Heavy-Duty and an Open IT Lab with designated server room. The building will also house a 120-seat tiered lecture theatre, tutorial rooms, café, flexible event space, enterprise hub, meeting rooms and breakout spaces. Following an official opening ceremony on the 18th March 2021, these spaces are now available for use by staff and students at the University.
With a close working relationship with the University for over 15 years, we have an in-depth understanding of their key requirements and long-terms strategies, which was greatly relied upon throughout the delivery of this key building. The sustainable focus of the project encouraged a fabric first approach to design, with the aim of achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating through the use of photovoltaic panels, natural ventilation and other sustainable practices.