Neville's Cross

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ENGIE is delighted to be working in your area to redevelop the former Berendsen Laundry into a luxury student accommodation block on behalf of County Properties Ltd.

The new building will comprise of 274 high quality en-suite studio bedrooms across six attractive blocks, these have been specifically designed to reach Outstanding rating under Building Research Establishment Environment Assessment Method (BREEAM), which will make it one of the most sustainable student campuses in the UK.

Durham city has a rich student heritage and we’re proud to be undertaking this project which will help ensure current and future students have access to a place they’re proud to call home.

Throughout the build process, we will be working closely with the community to ensure we cause minimal disruption to the area and identify a number of attractive local employment and training opportunities for local people.

This portal will aim to:

  • Keep you informed – follow the portal to witness the changes taking place in the area. We’ll show you the big picture through photographs, videos and features.
  • Keep you involved – we have a range of exciting activities lined up, which are suitable for everyone to get involved in, so keep your eyes peeled for more information
  • Listen to your feedback – if you have any questions, please speak to our team

ENGIE is delighted to be working in your area to redevelop the former Berendsen Laundry into a luxury student accommodation block on behalf of County Properties Ltd.

The new building will comprise of 274 high quality en-suite studio bedrooms across six attractive blocks, these have been specifically designed to reach Outstanding rating under Building Research Establishment Environment Assessment Method (BREEAM), which will make it one of the most sustainable student campuses in the UK.

Durham city has a rich student heritage and we’re proud to be undertaking this project which will help ensure current and future students have access to a place they’re proud to call home.

Throughout the build process, we will be working closely with the community to ensure we cause minimal disruption to the area and identify a number of attractive local employment and training opportunities for local people.

This portal will aim to:

  • Keep you informed – follow the portal to witness the changes taking place in the area. We’ll show you the big picture through photographs, videos and features.
  • Keep you involved – we have a range of exciting activities lined up, which are suitable for everyone to get involved in, so keep your eyes peeled for more information
  • Listen to your feedback – if you have any questions, please speak to our team
  • Neville's Cross is Outstanding!

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    07 Feb 2018

    As part of the project for Neville's Cross we aim to achieve a score to give us BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Outstanding certification, which we have now achieved for the design stage.

    What is BREEAM?

    BREEAM is the worlds leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, buildings and infrastructure. Its aim is to recognise the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction to in-use and refurbishment. This is done through a third party assessment which is carried out by a qualified BREEAM assessor using standards developed by BRE. These standards incorporate things such as building performance/monitoring, social and economic sustainability and environmental factors. This means that's BREEAM rated developments are more sustainable environments which enhances the well-being for the people who live and work in them.

    We have recently just closed out our design stage of the project and achieved an overall score of 88.71% which was done by hitting all the targeted credits we aimed for. To achieve Outstanding in this area the minimum score to be achieved is 85% which we comfortable hit.

    The next stage is to now provide on going advice with regards to the preparation and recording of evidence for the post construction review. The post construction review (PCR) is undertaken upon practical completion of the development. The main purpose of the post construction review is to ensure that the ‘as built’ development meets the standards committed to during the design and procurement stage. Once all the information has been received/the agreed target has been achieved, the assessor will submit the PCR assessment report to the BRE for quality assurance and issue of the PCR (Final) certificate thus given the project at Neville's Cross an overall rating of BREEAM Outstanding.

    If you have any further question on BREEAM or anything else about the project, please feel free to drop them into the Q & A section of the website.




  • Neville's Cross site hours

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    23 Nov 2017

    Here at Neville's Cross the site team are always striving to work with and accommodate the local residents in the area to ensure we cause as little disruption as possible. As many of you know the site working hours for Neville's Cross are from 0800 - 1900. We can however have deliveries on site from 0730 and start offloading these with our cranes or forklift truck.

    As its the time of year where to dark nights are closing in we have now restricted our working times to finishing on an evening at 1800 as its simply to dark to work out side of the buildings. To make sure that our operatives do not start any construction activities before 0800 we will now be locking the pedestrian gate on to site and only opening it at 0745. Again this will aid in us not causing any excessive noise from construction activities on site.

    I hope that this will clear things up for the local residence which may of had any concerns on the working hours at Neville's Cross.


  • Residents welcome plans for temporary car park opposite student accommodation building site

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    31 Jul 2017

    Residents welcome plans for temporary car park opposite student accommodation building site

  • Neville's Cross pupils poster competition

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    27 Jun 2017

    The pupils’ at Neville's Cross primary school put their artistic talent to the test in a bid to create a winning design for our poster competition.

    The standard of the entries were fantastic and we were delighted to display these at the front of our site for the local community to see.

    A big thank you to everyone who got involved!

  • Keepmoat Regeneration bags £26m Durham student digs job

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    27 Jun 2017
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    Keepmoat Regeneration has been picked to deliver a £26m student accommodation scheme for the University of Durham.

    Neville’s Cross student accommodation will be delivered by the firm on behalf of County Properties with funding arranged by Glasgow-based Maven Capital Partners.

    The site is based on the edge of the Durham conservation area and is named after the battle of Neville’s Cross, which took place in the area in 1346.

    Keepmoat Regeneration will build 274 high quality en-suite studio bedrooms across six blocks. The buildings are designed to reach BREEAM Outstanding rating, making it one of the most sustainable student campuses in the UK.

    Lee Francis, Area Director for Keepmoat Regeneration in the North East, said: “We have delivered extensive schemes across the North East, including new build homes, properties for older people and those with care needs; as well as new build and refurbishment work on public buildings.

    “We have continued to expand into new markets and are delighted to be working in partnership with County Properties and Maven not only to widen the housing options for students within the region, but also to offer a sustainable product that will benefit the wider the community.

    “We will be utilising a number of construction methods, including off-site manufactured bathroom pods, which will minimise disruption locally; and a number of employment and training opportunities will also arise throughout the duration of the build process.”