Durham County Council HQ

Durham, UK - Civic

A new headquarters in the historic heart of Durham city.

Driven by the desire to create a quality civic building that would be an asset to the city, the brief was to provide a new home Durham County Council (DCC) to aid efficiency through organisational transformation and agile working.

Durham County Council
Durham, UK
Complete 2021

Designed to celebrate its heritage.

Defining the edge of the urban core, adjoining the historic open land of The Sands, and fronting onto the River Wear, the building frames a new civic square to be at one with its surroundings. From the floorplates organisation addressing the river at a lower level to the extraordinary views over the city’s castle and cathedral at higher levels, the building creates a tranquil environment for users.

Services set to redefine twenty first century governance.

Our approach was underpinned by the principles of transparency, inclusivity and accessibility, which have informed design decisions from building massing and organisation, navigation and wayfinding, to the public realm.

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