The practice has designed the winning entry for a multi-million pound Millennium Commission-funded urban-regeneration scheme in the centre of Durham.
The urban-design concept is to create a new civic terrace of community facilities - hall, resource centre, library, visitor centre - around a new pedestrian precinct. This new terrace has pride of place on the ridge of the peninsula along from the cathedral, castle and Market Place, and will have views to the River Wear. The project opens up new pedestrian links from the peninsula ridge to the riverside, where a new park and riverside walk are planned; these form an important new tourist trail. The project also includes a new bridge-link building over the 1960s relief road cutting which severed this sector of the city and blighted it for the last 30 years.
This project will fulfil the City of Durham's ambition to rejuvenate the area with a mix of uses that will add to the city's vitality. The Millennium Commission-funded buildings are the catalyst for the regeneration of this sector of the city.
Imperial College, University of London