Durham University's Grey College Unveils Stunning Renovations

Durham University's Grey College has completed an impressive £3 million renovation project with the assistance of our architecture, interior, and landscape design services.

The project involved structural remodelling, a full replacement of the catering kitchen, servery, and refurbishment of the dining hall. The existing college bar was also renovated, and a new external garden space added.

The college has played host to numerous college formals and banquets for residential and VIP groups during vacation times. These highly frequented areas were in need of an upgrade, with the existing catering kitchen requiring a full replacement to meet the needs of the students, staff and guests.

To address this, structural alterations were made to create a better flow and functionality for the catering operations. Additionally, accessibility was improved, including external landscaping and planting, while building fabric upgrades were made to improve energy performance.

Despite the complexity of the project, the works were carefully phased and managed around a live college, ensuring that the major structural works were scheduled during holiday periods to minimise any disruption or impact on the students' experience.

David Wise, the SPACE Architects Director, said,"We're delighted to have completed this high-quality commercial catering kitchen, one of several we have recently been involved with. It was a complex project to deliver, but one I'm sure will have a great impact on the student experience."

Our team worked closely with the college stakeholders to ensure a cohesive and stunning interior design for the Grey College renovation project. We carefully selected the furniture and decor to create a visually appealing, grand dining hall space that leaves a lasting impression on visitors.

Throughout the renovation, the college bar was temporarily relocated to a white marquee tent set up on the lawn. This informal setup led to the bar being affectionately referred to as the "barquee" by many. However, with the refurbishment work completed, the Grey College bar has officially re-opened its doors to college members and the wider university community.

The upgrades have significantly enhanced the dining experience of the college, with students and visitors alike praising the renovation work. The contemporary yet traditional design of the renovated spaces and the improved functionality have been particularly noteworthy, with many expressing their admiration for the thoughtful execution of the project.