University of Durham


University of Durham

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Project Description

Various projects to improve and repair listed University buildings

BTP were appointed as lead Architects on various projects to repair and upgrade the University estate over a 10 year period. The main projects included:

Alterations for Department of Palaeography 

To create an extension to the Cathedral Archive within 15th Century former monastic building in the Cathedral Close (The College). This building holds books and manuscripts of great antiquity in a protected environment in compliance with Lord Chancellor's standards. It received funding from English Heritage and the Pilgrim Trust. The building also serves as a research library and book conservation centre. The building is Grade II* listed within a World Heritage Site.

Repair and Alterations to St Bede's College

To create a Department of Education, 60 study bedrooms, Education Department Library and teaching resource centre within a complex of Grade II 19th and 20th Century listed buildings. The scheme included a large element of sandstone repair and conservation as well as all of the specialist alterations.

Palace Green Library

Repair of the external fabric, alteration and upgrading of the Palace Green Library for the law and music departments. This included a library, rare book archive, teaching and exhibition areas, within a mixture of 15th, 17th, 18th and 19th Century listed buildings adjacent to Durham Cathedral. This is a World Heritage Site and most of the buildings are Grade II* listed.

Durham Cathedral and Durham University

Study of options to relocate Cathedral Monuments in the Cathedral Cloister adjacent to Monks Dormitory, or in adapted accommodation at '5 The College' with impact assessment on Grade I listed buildings on a World Heritage Site.

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