Durham University

Durham University student accommodation and communal hubs

Workspace and Living space

About Project
Project requirements


The award-winning Durham University – Mount Oswald Project, won 3 awards at the Constructing Excellence North-East Awards 2021 for Value, Offsite Project of the Year and Building Project of the Year!

The Mount Oswald project was set to create a new home for John Snow College and the brand-new South College which together, cater for a purpose-built, self-catering accommodation for 1,000 students. The scope of this complex new build project included the manufacture, supply and install of a range of workspace, bedroom, kitchen and living space furniture to fit-out the 1,000 student-bed accommodation, as well as the two adjacent ‘Heart’ communal buildings, complete with its own offices and café bar.

The new site also includes a multi-use games area (MUGA) with various amenities. The Hub consists of a large event hall with a capacity to seat 300 people and includes a gym, launderette, music rooms, yoga, dance studio and performance practice area.

The solution
Project Fulfilment


Bluespot worked closely with the contractor’s and site managers’ teams to ensure the manufacture and installation of the bespoke furniture was aligned with the new build progress and timescales. On such a large-scale project, our designers ensured that each bespoke furniture, from fitted wardrobes, locker units, shelving, office desk and study were designed according to the bedroom specifications and that any layout variations and potential obstructions were considered.

Bedroom furniture

The student apartments were furnished according to detailed specifications to include a range of fitted and loose furniture, as well as soft furnishings.

Allowing for variations depending on the layout, each apartment was furnished with a small double bed, with additional storage space provided by the headboard’s open shelf unit, designed in the specified Smoke Blue or Fjord Green colour scheme, and featuring discreet LED lights behind the pelmet above the shelf.

Office furniture

The study desk was supplied with a convenient 3 drawer pedestal under storage unit with matching Kendal Oak edging and front finish. Extra sets of drawers, a single wardrobe with lockable top box section, and a tall shelving unit complemented the bedroom furniture along with a tall mirror and coat hooks.  Where applicable, an additional wall mounted wall shelf unit was also fitted.

The comfortable and height adjustable Ava office chairs provide the latest in ergonomic seating technology with a gas lift tested up to 110 kg and come with a 5-year warranty.

All of the furniture provided by Bluespot was manufactured to our exacting standards from FSC-certified wood and protected by our long guarantees.

John Snow and South College
The Colleges

John Snow College

  • Block A1 – 174 Bedrooms and Kitchens
  • Block A2 – 174 Bedrooms and Kitchens
  • Block A3 – 76 Bedrooms and Kitchens
  • Block A4 – 72 Bedrooms and Kitchens


South College

  • Block B1 – 60 Bedrooms and Kitchens
  • Block B2 – 72 Bedrooms and Kitchens
  • Block B3 – 90 Bedrooms and Kitchens
  • Block B4 – 151 Bedrooms and Kitchens
  • Block B5 – 119 Bedrooms and Kitchens
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