Top university unveils £16.5m Kettering-designed extension

Durham University's world-renowned Business School
Durham University's world-renowned Business School

A £16.5m university business school, which was designed by a Kettering firm, has been opened.

The work at Durham University, designed by GSSArchitecture was completed this month.

The development includes a range of academic operations from undergraduate and postgraduate study to providing corporate and management training facilities.

It also features an fully glazed extension to improve the façade, while the curved nature of the extension has created informal areas for students.

“The redevelopment has created contemporary, state-of-the-art facilities as well as being carefully designed to reduce the environmental impact of the building,” said GSSArchitecture partner Jonathan Hunter.

“The new feature corridor space is served by a natural ventilation system and the buildings benefit from the significant inclusion of various low and zero carbon technologies, such as ground source heat pumps and PV solar panels.”

Joanne Hughes, School Manager at the business school, added: “We worked closely with GSSArchitecture throughout this redevelopment scheme. This enabled our existing building to be transformed and elevated to the high standard expected of a world-class business school.

“The fluidity of the building’s design has created a contemporary and interactive environment for our staff, students and visitors.”