Galliford Try reaches close on Durham University sports project

Topic Contracts

Date 02 Aug 2018

Galliford Try has been awarded a further project with Durham University with the announcement that it has reached financial close on the contract to build the new Maiden Castle sports park.

The scheme will see an extensive refurbishment and redevelopment of the existing facilities and the construction of a new sports complex.

The £31.7 million project includes a new indoor cricket hall, a 12 court multi-use sports hall - suitable for international and national competitions, a martial arts dojo, a fitness suite, purpose-built recovery facilities, and high performance weights rooms.

The existing centre is already popular with local residents and sports groups – hosting 15 community clubs and 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.

Galliford Try is already on site at the University, with the team currently building the new £40m Centre for Teaching and Learning at the Lower Mountjoy site.

Cliff Wheatley, Managing Director for Galliford Try North East and Yorkshire, commented: “We are delighted to be furthering our relationship with Durham University with this exciting new project. Our business has a strong track record of producing excellent higher education buildings to deliver the full range of facilities that the students of today expect. We look forward to delivering another high-quality scheme that fufills the ambitions that the University has for its sporting programmes.”

Durham University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience), Owen Adams, said: “These exciting new facilities at Maiden Castle will leave us perfectly placed to reinforce our position as one of the very top sporting universities in the UK.

“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.”