Start on Site – Monday 26th October 2015

As you will see, Kier took possession of the site on Monday 26th October as planned. For details on the works to be carried out this month, please see our latest newsletter below:

Newsletter – Sheraton Park 2 – October 2015

Resident Meeting – September 10th

Please find below our latest newsletter:

Newsletter – Sheraton Park 1 – August 2015

Our “meet and greet” event with Kier Construction has been confirmed.
Thursday 10th September 7 – 8:30pm
St Margaret’s Primary School, Crossgate Peth DH1 4QB.
Please drop in to meet the team who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have on the building works.

July 2015

We’re currently doing some preparatory works to the site, which is why you may see some increased activity in the next couple of weeks. Following this, Kier Construction will take over on the site and begin the build process at the end of August 2015. Before any works begin on site, we will meet with residents to discuss the programme of works and the communication channels available during the build process.

We will be organising the meeting through the Sheraton Park Residents Association (SPRA) and will post the time and date on this website. This meeting will be open to all local residents and anyone else interested in the build, and will be a chance for you to ask any questions you may have on the site works.

Latest Planning Developments

Planning Permission was granted in October 2014. We then submitted a further application to vary a condition placed upon the development which would have left Neville House empty for almost a year while we completed Sheraton House. Our submission was approved at the beginning of 2015. We are now working with DCC to discharge our pre-commencement conditions.

Site and Surroundings

The site is located on the western fringe of Durham City. The site is approximately 0.6 miles west of Durham Cathedral and approximately 1 mile west of the city centre. The site is 0.5 miles walk from the Peninsula and main student campus of Durham University.

The site is bounded on all sides by residential properties: to the north by the rear gardens of Kirkwood Drive (3 storey terraced town houses); to the east by Faraday Court (3 storey town houses); to the South by a dense tree belt before the rear gardens of properties along Potters Bank; and to the West by Dalton Crescent (3 storey terraced townhouses).

The site is approximately 1.5 hectares. The site is currently occupied by two large red brick Edwardian style buildings which were formerly part of New College Durham’s Neville’s Cross campus. The buildings are vacant and becoming increasingly derelict.

Site History

Historically, the site has a link with Durham University.

  • 1921: Neville’s Cross College first opened on the site as a teacher training college for women.
  • 1924: It became a licensed hall of Durham University.
  • 1963: The hall opened its door to men.
  • 1969: Funded by the County Council- and with University involvement- it was re-designated as a College of Education.
  • 1977: Its link with the University ceased when it merged with Durham Technical College to become the wholly independent New College.
  • 2002: The College was sold for redevelopment when the New College redeveloped its Framwellgate Moor Site.

The site has been subject to a number of planning applications for the redevelopment. There are currently extant consents for its redevelopment for residential use. These planning permissions have not been fully implemented. As a result, the vacant site has fallen in a state of further disrepair. Alumno are aware that many residents surrounding the site moved into the area with the expectation that the site would be developed into residential flats rather than being left derelict for several years. Alumno are seeking to progress viable development proposals which will ensure the regeneration benefits are shared with the local community.