Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Work Progressing in Development of Durham City; LAURA HILL on the Big Changes That Are Taking Shape in Durham

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Work Progressing in Development of Durham City; LAURA HILL on the Big Changes That Are Taking Shape in Durham

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PEOPLE walking through Durham will see work is rapidly progressing with three multimillion pound developments. Worth PS195m, the Old Shire Hall, the Riverwalk and Milburngate are all undergoing significant work.

The projects will bring new bars, shops, restaurants and cinemas to the city along with hundreds of new homes and office space.

OLD SHIRE HALL THE former headquarters of Durham County Council - is undergoing a PS15m transformation into a luxury four-star hotel.

Hotel Indigo will be opening in the property along with a 150-cover Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill.

Period features including the tiled marble staircase, wood panelling and stained glass windows will be retained.

A circular debating chamber and lobby room will also remain and will be part of the new restaurant and cocktail bar.

The redevelopment is in its final stages and is expected to open later this year.

Hotel Indigo - a boutique brand from InterContinental Hotels Group - will be managed by market-leading Interstate Hotels and Resorts.

Paul Borg, general manager of Hotel Indigo, said work was progressing and was on track.

He added: "We are so excited to be involved in this project at such a key time in terms of the development of Durham city, coming from the North East it is exciting to be involved in Old Shire Hall which is such a unique and much-loved building in the history of Durham.

"We feel the Hotel Indigo brand is the perfect fit to showcase the buildings design and heritage.

RIVERWALK SIGNIFICANT progress has been made at the Riverwalk with demolition of the north half of the former Gates Shopping Centre now complete.

Owned by Clearbell Capital, the PS30m redevelopment will include a variety of restaurants, 23 refurbished shops, a six-screen Odeon cinema, improved entrances, public realm areas and 253 student rooms will also be built. …

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