In Awards, Education, Newcastle

DPP Planning and Hedley Planning Services’ Mount Oswald student accommodation project in Durham has been shortlisted for the RTPI North East Awards for Planning Excellence 2020. 

The Mount Oswald development has delivered two 500 bed purpose-built colleges for Durham University and forms a key part of Durham University’s Estate Masterplan (2017 – 2027).  The two planning consultancies, HPS and DPP, successfully worked together as a project team alongside our clients (Interserve and Durham University) and Durham County Council, on an innovative tender process and seamless, deliverable planning permissions.

The development provides space for John Snow College and the new South College, both with their own unique character, and a ‘Hub’ providing central facilities, including a flexible hall and music practice, faith and drama rooms, a gym, and laundry facility. A Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) also forms part of the development.

Jo Robison, Director, DPP said

We are so pleased with the recognition the development is receiving and thrilled it has been short-listed for the RTPI NE Awards for Planning Excellence 2020.  The short-listing is a testament to the success of the project and the engaging and collaborative relationship between DPP, HPS and Durham County Council from tender stage through to grant of planning permission”.

Sean Hedley, Managing Director, HPS, said

This was a great project to be involved with.  It was a pleasure working alongside DPP and Durham County Council, and to receive recognition for such a great scheme by being short-listed for the RTPI NE Awards, is a credit to the entire project team.

Fingers crossed for success on the night!

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