Student housing developer Alumno aims to transform Edwardian landmark buildings at the former New College Durham campus, a three-acre site close to Durham city centre.
The site had fallen into disrepair since New College Durham relocated to its new purpose-built facilities at Framwellgate Moor in 2007.
Gary Dobson, Kier Construction area operations manager, said that the new scheme involves a 418-student room build, following designs developed by Howarth Litchfield.
David Campbell, Alumno’s managing director, said: “Sheraton Park will offer its end-users a premium blend of student accommodation within an highly-attractive environment and we aim to reinterpret much of the original character whilst maintaining much of the history of the existing site.
“The sensitive development of the site is predominantly landscape led and the proposals will recreate a semi-wild parkland within the confines of the local environment. We anticipate high demand from students wishing to live there.”