The former County Hospital in Durham is going to be transformed in to new state-of-the art student accommodation. The national developing company, Sladen Estates, Peveril Securities and Helios Properties will be working together in order to refurbish the former Victorian hospital.
Work has stated at the development and it is thought that the development will benefit from £34 million of investment in order to deliver 363 bedrooms. The student accommodation has been designed to have a mixture of both studio rooms and cluster flats to be used by the city’s students.
The location of the site is perfect for students and the development will regenerate the area. The project is involving the former County Hospital, one of the most recognisable buildings in Durham. Before the work started, the County Hospital was derelict. Once the work on the project is finished, the site will be operated by Unite Students, which is the leading provider of student accommodation in the UK.
The accommodation will be in the perfect location for students. The development is in a central location that is near the university campus as well as the bars, shops and transport links in Durham. The development has also been designed in order to include communal outdoor space and a formal garden area. The £34 million investment in to this new development will also go towards the renovation of Wharton Park, which is near to the development site and will further improve the area.
It is thought that the County Hospital will be converted in a way that is sympathetic to the original building but will also incorporate modern design features and technology. There will be a great deal of investment in to this project and it is hoped that the work will restore the old hospital building to its former glory and also serve a purpose by hosting the city’s university students. The first students will be able to move in to the accommodation for the Autumn term in September 2018.