ARCHITECT Red Box Design Group has cited the city of Durham as a good example of utilising new planning guidance to enable development to take place in the city’s World Heritage Site.
Red Box, of Newcastle, has designed the Clements Wharf homes development on the bank of the River Wear in Durham City.
It is built in the shadow of the cathedral and castle and within the World Heritage Site.
The firm says the architecture of Clements Wharf reflects the “grain” of Durham, with more intimate spaces between buildings than would have been permitted five years ago, and that approach has been allowed through working with Durham City Council planners.
Red Box Design Group chairman Alan J Smith said: “Clements Wharf is an excellent example of a city development which blends into its historic setting.
“A scheme of this type would not have been permitted 10 years ago.
“The success of the sales proves that city centre developments like this are hugely popular.”
Catie Evans, UK sales and marketing director for Red Box’s client Amec Residential, said: “Red Box Design Group understands the challenges of such a sensitive location.
“This, combined with the highest quality design and beautiful finish, has helped ensure the success of Clements Wharf.
“The architecture reflects the riverside location and the nearby market buildings, while remaining sympathetic to the location within a World Heritage Site.” Clements Wharf comprises 29 luxury riverside apartments and duplexes, which Red Box says are designed to blend into the historic setting of the city and the natural surroundings of the riverside.
The development incorporates extensive use of natural materials, including internal and external wood to harmonise with the tree-lined riverside.
It was built by Tolent Construction and marketed by property agent Knight Frank.