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FaulknerBrowns wins planning for huge Durham city centre plans

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FaulknerBrowns Architects has won the go-ahead for the redevelopment of a major riverside site in Durham 

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Backed by a development consortium of Carillion, Arlington Real Estate and Richardson Capital, the project will see the 1960s Milburngate House demolished to make way for a £150 million mixed-use regeneration scheme.

The nine-storey Milburngate House office block - once the home of National Savings and Investments and the Passport Office - will be replaced by 41,800m2 of offices, shops, restaurants, a cinema, a hotel and apartments.

National Savings and Investments moved into a new building across the river last year. The office on the site of a former ice rink formed the first phase of the regeneration project and the Passport Office is also expected to move there later this year.

This second phase of the riverside development, named Milburngate, will be split into three zones and will create a new quarter on the city’s northern fringe.

A waterside square and residential courtyards will sit in the centre of the scheme, while public realm and paths through the 2.0 hectare site will link it with the nearby train station.

Neil McMillan, managing director at Arlington, said: ’The innovative use of space, the design of the public realm and the connections through the site are all vitally important attributes, which create a destination that has already attracted premium leisure operators and investors, [this] endorsement of the scheme allows us to push forward and devilver an exemplar piece of city-making.’

Milburngate by FaulknerBrowns Architects

Milburngate by FaulknerBrowns Architects

Project data

Location Durham
Type of project mixed-use
Architect FaulknerBrowns Architects
Client Carillion Developments, Arlington and Richardson’s Capital
Site area 2.0 hectares
Development area 41,800m2

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