To mark the transformation of Durham’s former county hospital, owners of the scheme have named the new student accommodation after a previous ward.
The 363-bedroom student scheme will be known as Rushford Court in recognition of the Rushford Wing at the hospital, which provided support for miners working in local collieries.
Head of student accommodation at Sladen Estates, Charles Fish said: “This former hospital has a really rich local heritage and it is wonderful that the new facilities, which will bring to life an unloved former hospital site, will recognise this.
“Naming the development Rushford Court reflects the scheme’s objectives of combing modern and architectural design with original building features which pay tribute to the building’s past.”
The development will see the building, which is built in local stone, back to its former glory with the newer, more modern additions removed and exterior walls cleaned and restored.
Expert local craftsmen have been brought in to help preserve the traditional stone mullioned windows and beautiful old staircase using original materials.
Charles Fish added: “Not only will this scheme see an historic building restored to its former glory, with a real emphasis placed on using traditional methods and local tradesmen, but it will also create a comfortable and well-equipped facility for students. Naming the new student facilities after the former hospital wing will also ensure the building remains a landmark for Durham residents to remember this important part of the city’s history.”
The £34million scheme is being carried out by national developers, Sladen Estates, Peveril Securities and Helios Properties. Once complete Durham University students will benefit from two new blocks of residences that will incorporate the bedroom scheme comprising a mixture of studio rooms and cluster flats.
The development will be owned and operated by Unite Students – the UK’s leading provider of student accommodation.
The first students will be able to move into the accommodation for the start of the Autumn term in September 2018.