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Dunelm House


Dunelm House is the Students' Union building at Durham University adjacent to Kingsgate Footbridge over the River Wear. Designed by Ove Arup, the angular concrete 'Brutalist' style building is built into the steeply sloping river bank. The building was completed in 1966. Its main staircase, which links the 5 levels of the building, runs in an entirely straight line, with the intention of creating the feeling of an 'interior street'. In 2016 Durham University made a successful application for a Certificate of Immunity from listing (listed buildings having legal protection), with a view to potentially redeveloping the site.[1] There was a public campaign to save the building. In 2017, the building hosted the "Caring for Brutalism" conference, sponsored by Durham University and the Twentieth Century Society, which brought together experts on brutalist architecture to discuss the significance and future of Dunelm House and other 20th century buildings. Dunelm House was added to the National Heritage List for England as a Grade II listed building on the 9th of July, 2021.

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Raft race at Dunelm House, 1968

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Students Union and Kingsgate footbridge, Durham

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Students' Union, Durham University

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Save Dunelm House from the wrecking ball
- Guardian 12 February 2017, article by Rowan Moore. "Durham’s student union building, once graced by Thelonious Monk, is a brutalist gem in need of renovation, not demolition...."

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Dunelm House / Durham Students' Union
- 9 December 2016 "In April this year, Durham University applied for a Certificate of Immunity (COI) from listing in respect of Dunelm House, which is currently the base for Durham ...

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Kingsgate Bridge
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Kingsgate Bridge
- Overview About Kingsgate Bridge Map Street View Kingsgate Bridge is a footbridge over the River Wear, which was built in 1965. The bridge connects Bow Lane in the centre old of ...
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Campaign to save Dunelm House from demolition exceeds fundraising target
- Palatinate, 25th January 2018. "The Save Dunelm House campaign has successfully raised £8,383, exceeding their £7,250 target. 213 supporters donated to the cause over the course of 28 ...

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Dunelm House

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Dunelm House

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Dunelm House

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Dunelm House

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Dunelm House

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DUNELM HOUSE INCLUDING LANDING STAGE, STEPS AND ATTACHED WALLS - Durham - List Entry
- "Students' Union Building including steps, landing stage and attached walls, 1964-6 by the Architects' Co- Partnership: partner-in-charge Michael Powers; job architect Richard Raines; engineers Ove Arup and Partners. Brutalist style ...

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I used to work there, you know!

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Durham University Students' Union, 1967

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Durham University Student's Union building

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Durham Students' Union Building

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