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The Witham at Barnard Castle, Durham by Feilden Clegg Bradley

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + DATA] Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has unveiled its £6 million vision to redevelop the Witham hall inside Barnard Castle in Durham.

The practice was selected ahead of the likes of Ash Sakula and Tim Ronalds by project backers Barnard Castle Vision and Durham County Council to land the scheme last year.

As well as restoring the original Grade II-listed hall, the scheme includes an additional development to the rear, and will include flexible performance spaces and a food hall selling food from local Teeside producers.

Project architect and partner at FCBS, Richard Collis said: ‘The design respects the significance of the listed building, it fits carefully and comfortably within the historic town centre and provides a range of commercial and community functions which will be accessible and beneficial to the people of Barnard Castle and the County Durham region as a whole.’

The Witham at Barnard Castle, Durham by Feilden Clegg Bradley

The Witham at Barnard Castle, Durham by Feilden Clegg Bradley


Architects: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Location: Barnard Castle, County Durham
Type Of Project: Repair and refurb of grade II-listed hall.
Structural Engineers: Billinghurst George & Partners  
Project Architect: Richard Collis
Client: Barnard Castle Vision & Durham County Council
Funding: to be confirmed
Tender date: Summer 2010
Start on site date: Autumn 2010
Contract duration: to be confirmed
Gross internal floor area: New Build: 2,204 m² (events Spaces @ 1492 m² + Food Hall @ 712 m²)
Refurbished Listed Buildings: 500 m²
Total Area:
2700 m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: to be confirmed
Total cost: £6million 
M&e consultant: 
WYG Engineering
Quantity surveyor: EC Harris LLP
CDM Coordinator: Todd Milburn Partner
Annual co2 emissions: aiming for BREEAM excellence
BREEAM Assessor: WYG Leeds

The Witham at Barnard Castle, Durham by Feilden Clegg Bradley

The Witham at Barnard Castle, Durham by Feilden Clegg Bradley


Barnard Castle Vision is an independent vehicle set up to deliver a 20 year programme of investment in the town.

Barnard Castle Vision receives funding support from One North East through the County Durham Economic Partnership and Durham County Council and secures match-funding and support in kind from a variety of public, private and charitable sources to further projects. 

The Vision is steered by a regeneration partnership comprising the major stakeholders and local stakeholders: One North East, Durham County Council, Teesdale Marketing, The Enterprise Agency for Wear Valley and Teesdale, Teesdale School and NHS County Durham.

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