Project Archives

We have spent some £6m over recent years on our buildings and estates. As an independent college, we receive no funding from Durham University for the maintenance of our buildings and estates, or indeed for new buildings, and the projects on this page have been funded through a combination of efficiencies and support from generous alumni and friends of College. Our projects have included the refurbishment and extension of the Haughton Dining Room, reclaiming an overgrown section of the garden to create a new outdoor ampitheatre through the Project Flowerpot initiative, and the creation of a new accommodation block,The Garth. Our current fundraising project, which is the largest for this small college to date, is the creating of a new Learning Resource Centre.

Learning Resource Centre

To find out the latest news on the building of the new Learning Resource Centre please click here.

The Boat Club

We are indebted to the support of generous donors who  contributed to a campaign to fund a new eight for St John’s College Boat Club. Despite competing in an ageing boat, the Club enjoyed a highly successful year in 2015-2016, demonstrating that passion, commitment and intense training can help a small club achieve great things.

Recent Projects

Haughton Dining Room

The Haughton Orangery

Thanks to the support of alumni and friends of St. John's, the newly refurbished Haughton Dining Room and Haughton Orangery extension were officially opened on October 5th 2012 by the Principal, Revd Professor David Wilkinson. As you can see from the photograph we now have a huge, airy modern space where the whole College can eat, as well as a new, modern servery. Dining in College has been transformed and we would like to reiterate our hearfelt thanks to those of you who supported this project. Please do come into College to see the new room, we'd be delighted to show you around and if you let us know in advance, you'll be welcome to join us for lunch!

As part of the appeal for Haughton we asked alumni to send us their memories of eating in the dining room. We received so many recollections that we compiled them into a booklet 'Haughton Dining Room: A Feast of Memories' to mark the occasion of the opening. Read the booklet by clicking on the link below.


The Garth

Opening of The Garth

Forty students ranging from Freshers to Postgrads now occupy The Garth which has not only ensuite bedrooms, but excellent cooking facilities, a lift and purpose built rooms for disabled students or visitors. The roof top rooms enjoy a beautiful view of The Cathedral and River. The Garth's green credentials are secure with rainwater recycling and cost effective heating well in evidence.

The Garth was opened on October 5th 2012 by former Principal, David Day who also suggested the name for the building , based on the fact that: "A ‘Garth’ is an enclosed area, like an orchard or walled garden. It captures the hope that this building may be a place of safety, where people may grow and friendships flourish. It speaks of an ordered space, of fruitfulness and growth."


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