East Durham College Houghall Campus Under Development

Houghall Development Update - Dec 2015

The re-development of the region’s leading land based college is going very well say bosses, as work progresses rapidly across the site in Durham.

Despite the recent wet weather and storms the region has been experiencing work at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus has been progressing at a rapid pace and everything is well on track for completion ready for the next academic year, starting in September 2016.

The foundations and drainage have been installed at the site of the new animal care centre with the main steel frame for the building being erected in the final week before the Christmas break.

The area for the new equine centre has been completely stripped and stoned ahead of the installation of the new drainage and foundations.

Work on the iconic main front building at the Houghall campus has seen asbestos completely removed and the main demolition work has been started. Corridors are being removed from the building to incorporate the internal courtyards which will create much needed larger social spaces.

Finally, the area for the new agricultural buildings has been stripped and is ready to have foundation and drainage installed. This has been the site of one of the biggest efforts of the redevelopment so far with the removal of 3000 cubic metres of soil before the main building work could get underway.

East Durham College principal, Suzanne Duncan said: “It’s great to see work progressing so well at the Houghall campus. We are extremely pleased with the progress the building contractors have made this term.

“This is a huge undertaking and all the team behind it have been fantastic, working through all conditions to keep this project on track.

“It’s great to see this transformation taking place and I can’t wait to see the finished project in the summer of 2016.”