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Have your say on plans for new council HQ

Published July 10, 2018 2.00pm


Residents, businesses and interested local groups are invited to have their say on draft proposals for our new city centre headquarters.

In January our Cabinet agreed a full business case for the move to land owned by the council on the riverside to pave the way for a new business park on the Aykley Heads site. Aykley Heads, home to Atom Bank, the North East of England Chamber of Commerce, Salvus House and many other businesses, has been designated as a strategic employment site capable of attracting 6,000 new private sector jobs worth £400 million to the county's economy. Phase two of this ambitious development would require our current HQ site to be vacated. To that end the council's car park on The Sands was agreed as the new HQ location earlier this year alongside a commitment to re-provide the parking spaces lost close-by. 

View the early draft proposals

Now the public are invited to see the early draft proposals for the new HQ and to comment on them as part of a consultation prior to the submission of the planning application.  

An exhibition of the initial visuals and early plans will be held at Freeman's Quay leisure centre in Freeman's Place, DL1 1SQ, as follows:

  • Tuesday 10 July - 2.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Wednesday 11 July - 2.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Thursday 12 July - 2.00pm - 8.00pm

Have a look at the visuals for the draft proposals: Icon for pdf Durham County Council Headquarters - proposed development visuals (PDF, 9.1mb)

The new HQ will be just a third of the size of the current one and offers not only considerable savings in running costs, but is being designed to maximise the potential for more modern ways of working. 1,000 staff will work from the HQ operating from 700 work stations and wider flexible areas. There will also be a council chamber and a café facility.  

The consultation sessions will be attended by consultants from Keir Property, the company contracted to deliver the building, the architects designing it and representatives from the council.                    

There are also bespoke consultation events for interested local groups and organisations. 

New Council HQ Map

Have your say

Anyone not able to attend one of next week's consultation sessions can contribute their views:

  • in writing to Savills, Maling Exchange, Hoults Yard, Walker Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2HL.
  • by email to Newcastle@savills.com

The early stage consultation on the draft proposals for the new HQ closes on 19 July 2018.

What happens next

Feedback from all the events and those made by post and email will be gathered and will inform a full planning application which will be submitted later this summer.  At that stage the public will have the chance to comment again as part of the usual planning process.

 

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