Durham Uni ups sporting chance for local residents

The contract has been signed to build the institution's new £31.7m Maiden Castle sports park, set to benefit students, staff and community members ali

Galliford Try has been awarded the £31.7m contract for Durham University’s Maiden Castle sports park. The scheme will see extensive refurbishment and redevelopment of existing facilities, plus the construction of a new sports complex including indoor cricket hall, multi-use sports hall, fitness suite, purpose-built recovery facilities and high performance weights rooms.

The existing centre currently hosts local residents and sports groups, engaging more than 2,000 local residents each week. The University also runs a number of junior sports development programmes, including the Durham County Institute of Sport, an initiative supporting around 100 of the county’s most promising young athletes.

Durham University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience), Owen Adams, said: “We believe in the extraordinary power of sport and physical activity to bring together people of all backgrounds and abilities, whether they are students, staff, or members of the community.

“Our existing Maiden Castle centre is already very popular with local residents and all of the new facilities will be accessible to the local community on a daily basis. We think this development can be transformative for sport in the city and the surrounding area.”