Durham University Centre for Teaching & Learning

The state-of-the-art Lower Mountjoy Centre for Teaching and Learning will provide a diverse range of high quality environments to enhance the teaching and learning experience at Durham University. The building includes a wide range of learning environments and technologies, including lecture theatres, teaching rooms, student learning zones, and education laboratories where new teaching and training methods will be developed.

The site lies adjacent to the Durham City Centre conservation area and is in close proximity to views of the Durham Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage Site. A modularized massing strategy has been employed to create a sensitively scaled development, which carefully responds to the existing context. The building concept – a kit of parts – consists of twelve blocks of equal size and scale; each oriented individually in response to the site. The final form and arrangement of the blocks was developed through an iterative design evolution. 

Higher education centre for teaching and learning



Durham University

In order to continue to attract and retain high-calibre staff and students, Durham University needs to ensure that its excellent reputation for research, education and the student experience is matched by a high-quality estate.

Jane Robinson
Chief Operating Officer, Durham University