Redevelopment of the North Terrace and Fellows’ Garden, which were launched as part of our celebrations of Castle’s 950th anniversary (Read more about 950 Events), constitute the first stage of an exciting development programme for the College’s future: marking and remembering 950 years of the Castle’s history and creating renewed drive and momentum as we look towards and beyond the next millennium.
Designed to support student enrichment, we will shortly begin work to remodel Fellows’ Garden into an Arts, Culture and Heritage space. This £500,000 project is designed to benefit our student performers and events as well as becoming a summertime events venue for our local community.
The North Terrace Restoration Project aims to restore the historic walkway once used by Prince Bishops of Durham. The redevelopment will create a unique “Journey of Discovery” allowing students and visitors to admire both the castle and the wider Durham cityscape from a unique perspective. The project introduces paving on one end of the terrace – which will allow for gatherings, events and receptions – as well as a less formal walkway and a reading garden for students (with benches, sculpture and heritage appropriate planting).
"The demand for student support and wellbeing interventions is tremendous – in all my years educating university students, I’ve never seen the need this great. Professional staffing and peer welfare support are critical to this work, but we’re also aware that time and space for quiet reflection and self-care is helpful" Professor Wendy Powers, Principal and Associate Vice Provost
The total cost of this project is £350,000. Thanks to a generous legacy gift from one of our alumni, we are already in a very good position to complete the project by July 2023. But we can only reach our target, and create this much needed enrichment space, with the support of our community.