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New college for Durham University

Date 6 Oct 2006

The first completely new college at a UK university in 25 years opens its doors this week to students.

Josephine Butler College at Durham University is a purpose-built self-catering college for up to 800 undergraduates, postgraduates and staff. It forms part of Durham's £35 million project to enhance its student accommodation and contribute towards the sustainable growth of the University.

The College is named after Northumbrian Josephine Butler, a compassionate and tenacious campaigner for social reform in the 19th Century who had a profound influence on society's view of women's health and education. Butler College has been built with consideration for the local surroundings, using materials in keeping with the area and with consideration for the environment, including the use of planted roofs to prevent heat loss and to make the college merge into its surroundings. The college's facilities include music rooms, sports hall, gym, laundry facilities and the largest bar in a Durham University college.

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