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Not sure if this article has made an appearance - found after taking pictures of County Hall on visit to Aykley Heads area of Durham City on 09/06/16 and a follow up search of the web

From Chronicle Live website on 07/07/15:-

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Council says five-year project will involve a new HQ in Durham city centre and other staff will go to bases in Crook, Seaham, Spennymoor and Meadowfield

Durham’s County Hall is set to be bulldozed as regeneration chiefs aim to bring 6,000 private sector jobs to the city by transforming the prime location site into a business park.

The local authority says the major long-term project will cost an estimated £50m but will be a project transformative for the local economy and “life-changing for families across the county”.

An insurance company and a medical supplies firm have already shown an interest in the soon-to-be-vacant Aykley Heads site, where the pioneering digital-only Atom Bank is to have its UK base.

As the authority braces itself for further cuts in this week’s Budget, the huge sum set aside for the HQ rebuild will anger some, but the authority has insisted the bold move will safeguard and create thousands of high-quality jobs.

Councillor Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “We have an opportunity we should not miss to pave the way for the sort of investment which will be life-changing for families across the county.

“We desperately need more and higher paid jobs for residents and take the chance to reduce our own costs at the same time.

“Such a move would require considerable initial investment but the economic potential of the Aykley Heads site shouldn’t be underestimated and to unlock this potential we must relocate.”

Staff based at the 1960s office block, which is said to now be largely used for storage, will be relocated either to the new site or exisiting council bases in Spennymoor, Crook, Meadowfield and Seaham.


Full article on http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/durhams-county-hall-bulldozed-bid-9608402

Screen print of Google Maps image (from some time ago, no new Police HQ, south of former HQ) highlighted by myself, showing location of County Hall (with its car park areas) and surrounding area



These pictures by myself from Thursday 09/06/16 approx 1245 to show some views of the front elevation of County Hall, Durham that was built "at a cost of £2.75m and was officially opened by the Duke of Edinburgh, on October 14 1963" - from Northern Echo article http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/4536266.Listing_plea_for_County_Hall/ on 08/08/09 when there was talk of applying for Listed Building status



















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Plans to create 6,000 new jobs in Durham move forward - County Hall & Aykley Heads area

Follow up to post #3287 of 12/06/16

On Chronicle Live website on 05/07/16 this article from Robert Gibson

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Durham County Council prepares to press ahead with HQ relocation plans and extension of Aykley Heads as a business development site




Home of Durham County Council, County Hall at Aykley Heads, Durham

Plans to create 6,000 new jobs by freeing up a prime site currently occupied by Durham County Council look set to take a major step forward.

In a move that could generate an estimated £370m for the county’s economy, the authority has been exploring the possibility of relocating its headquarters to a city centre location, making its current site at Aykley Heads available for investors and mass employment creation.

Last July, cabinet members agreed in principle to the proposal, which is being hailed as the best opportunity in a decade to boost Durham’s economic prospects.

On July 13, councillors will be brought up to date on the development of the outline business case, and will be asked to agree to a full business case being put together.

The council would aim to prepare this by autumn 2017, after which a final decision would be made
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As well the County Hall site, Durham County Council - which recently announced it would be creating a new £20m venture capital loan scheme - will also consider purchasing the nearby Salvus House, (recently covered in http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=133373611&postcount=3285) formerly occupied by Sunderland Marine Insurance, as the base for a new incubator scheme.

Full article on http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-news/plans-create-6000-new-jobs-11570963

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County Durham needs to "push on" with regeneration in face of Brexit

Follow up on post #3294 above

This from The Northern Echo website on 13/07/16

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COUNTY Durham must push on with plans to regenerate itself - despite uncertainty caused by Brexit, a council leader has said.

Durham County Council leader Simon Henig made the comments as the authority approved a proposal to start working on a full business plan to move its headquarters from Aykley Heads, in Durham City, and investing in the site with the hope of creating up to 6,000 jobs.

The council wants to move from County Hall to a smaller, city centre location, allowing the building to be demolished and replaced with office space for private sector businesses.

Following a year of work investigating the proposal, the council’s cabinet agreed to start preparing a full business plan.

Opposition councillor Amanda Hopgood, from the Liberal Democrats, asked what was in place to mitigate for changes caused by Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

Neil Foster, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We can’t turn the opportunity afforded by Aykley Heads into reality overnight. A great deal of work will be put in over the next year to take this forward.

“The opportunity afforded by this site is fabulous. This is certainly the best business site in the region, in the county and I say in Europe.”

Council leader Simon Henig said: “It would be a big mistake to be freezing investment and miss opportunities in a place like Aykley Heads in the North East because of uncertainty around what will happen in terms of the EU. We need to push on in terms of this region, this county and this city.”

Following initial work on the scheme, a council report says there is likely to be “high demand” for office space in Aykley Heads, which is already home to around 30 businesses, including Atom Bank – the UK's first digital-only bank.


Full article on http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/ne...on_quot__with_regeneration_in_face_of_Brexit/

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Durham's County Hall to be bulldozed in bid to bring 6,000 jobs to Aykley Heads site, 5 year plan - further pictures of building 04/08/16

Follow up to earlier posts #3287, 3294 & 3297

Some further pictures of the Durham County Hall taken by myself Thursday 04/08/16 approx 1145

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Durham's County Hall to be bulldozed in bid to bring 6,000 jobs to Aykley Heads site, 20 year plan - further information 09/01/18

Follow up to earlier posts #3287, 3294 & 3297

Some further pictures of the Durham County Hall taken by myself Thursday 04/08/16 approx 1145

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Follow up to earlier posts #3287, 3294 & 3297 & 3310 of 05/08/16 (cut down version above)

Article from Chronicle Live website on 09/01/18

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6,000-jobs to be created with plan for Aykley Heads site in Durham

Council HQ will be demolished to make room for a business park that will bring £400m into the local economy



CGIs of potential new developments at Aykley Heads in Durham (Image: Durham County Council)

A 'once in a generation' scheme that could create 6,000 new jobs and deliver a £400m boost to the local economy has been outlined.

Durham County Council plans to demolish its headquarters at Aykley Heads and develop the site as a centre for high-tech and high-paying jobs.

The council would invest up to £50m in a new headquarters in Durham City and is also drawing up plans for a history centre that would house the county’s extensive archives.

The plans for Aykley Heads aim to build on the success the council has had in recent years in attracting big name companies like Hitachi and Atom Bank to invest in the county, creating hundreds of high quality jobs.

It is hoped that a 20-year plan for Aykley Heads would create 6,000 jobs in ICT, fintech and professional services that will provide more opportunities for young people in the county - and graduates from Durham University - to pursue high quality careers without having move to other parts of the country.



Map of potential new developments at Aykley Heads in Durham (Image: Durham County Council)

The 56-hectare site would be developed in three stages over 20 years, with the first phase at the northern end of Aykley Heads - around Northumbria House, Salvus House and Riverside Green - creating around 1,000 jobs.

The second stage of the plan would involve the demolition of the council HQ and the development of office accommodation to provide around 2,700 jobs.

A third phase - partly on current Green Belt land - would create around 2,300 jobs but would only be started when demand was shown by the first two parts of the scheme being 85% occupied.


Full article on http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-news/6000-jobs-created-plan-aykley-14131850

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Council HQ will be demolished to make room for a business park, DCC approve scheme 17/01/18

Follow up to earlier posts #3287, 3294 & 3297 & 3310 of 05/08/16 (cut down version above)

Article from Chronicle Live website on 09/01/18

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6,000-jobs to be created with plan for Aykley Heads site in Durham

Council HQ will be demolished to make room for a business park that will bring £400m into the local economy



CGIs of potential new developments at Aykley Heads in Durham (Image: Durham County Council)

A 'once in a generation' scheme that could create 6,000 new jobs and deliver a £400m boost to the local economy has been outlined.

Durham County Council plans to demolish its headquarters at Aykley Heads and develop the site as a centre for high-tech and high-paying jobs.

The council would invest up to £50m in a new headquarters in Durham City and is also drawing up plans for a history centre that would house the county’s extensive archives.

The plans for Aykley Heads aim to build on the success the council has had in recent years in attracting big name companies like Hitachi and Atom Bank to invest in the county, creating hundreds of high quality jobs.

It is hoped that a 20-year plan for Aykley Heads would create 6,000 jobs in ICT, fintech and professional services that will provide more opportunities for young people in the county - and graduates from Durham University - to pursue high quality careers without having move to other parts of the country.



Map of potential new developments at Aykley Heads in Durham (Image: Durham County Council)

The 56-hectare site would be developed in three stages over 20 years, with the first phase at the northern end of Aykley Heads - around Northumbria House, Salvus House and Riverside Green - creating around 1,000 jobs.

The second stage of the plan would involve the demolition of the council HQ and the development of office accommodation to provide around 2,700 jobs.

A third phase - partly on current Green Belt land - would create around 2,300 jobs but would only be started when demand was shown by the first two parts of the scheme being 85% occupied.


Full article on http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-news/6000-jobs-created-plan-aykley-14131850

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Follow up to earlier posts #3287, 3294 & 3297 & 3310, 3575 (above) & #3576

Reported on BBC Radio Newcastle news bulletin 17/01/18 approx 1305 that DCC has approved scheme

Also The Sands Car Park, down by River Wear, next to Freeman's Reach Development, is their preferred site for new offices etc

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Durham Council HQ will be demolished to make room for a business park, DCC approve scheme 17/01/18 - more information

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Further information on Durham Council HQ will be demolished to make room for a business park

Link to DCC Council Report

"Cabinet, 17th January 2018
Aykley Heads Strategic Employment Site, DCC Headquarters Full Business Case and Future options for the County, Archive, Key Decision ReaL/02/17"

https://democracy.durham.gov.uk/documents/s85549/FINAL Cabinet Report.pdf

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Plans to attract 6,000 jobs to Durham with Aykley Heads development given the go-ahead, New Council Office Site chosen

Follow up to earlier posts #3287, 3294 & 3297 & 3310, 3575 (above) & #3576

Reported on BBC Radio Newcastle news bulletin 17/01/18 approx 1305 that DCC has approved scheme

Also The Sands Car Park, down by River Wear, next to Freeman's Reach Development, is their preferred site for new offices etc

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From Chronicle Live website on 17/01/18

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A ‘masterplan’ which aims to bring more than 6,000 new private sector jobs to a business park in Durham city has been given the green light by councillors.

Durham County Council plans to demolish its current headquarters at Aykley Heads and develop it into a centre for high-tech and high-paying jobs.

And on Wednesday councillors approved the scheme, which could boost the local economy by £400m, at a cabinet meeting.


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Durham County Council has also agreed to build its new HQ on The Sands car park, opposite Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre

A ‘masterplan’ which aims to bring more than 6,000 new private sector jobs to a business park in Durham city has been given the green light by councillors.

Durham County Council plans to demolish its current headquarters at Aykley Heads and develop it into a centre for high-tech and high-paying jobs.

And on Wednesday councillors approved the scheme, which could boost the local economy by £400m, at a cabinet meeting.

They also decided on the new location for their headquarters.

The new office will be built at The Sand car park, opposite Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre.

The preferred bid was put forward by Kier Property Developments Limited.

The council said their costings to build the new HQ were significantly less than the cost envelope for the project and amount associated with staying in County Hall.

Terry Collins, chief executive of Durham County Council, said: “We have been delighted with the response from the four bidders, however, we feel the preferred proposal offers the best overall value.


NH - in the light of the above approval would it be now opportune to create a separate thread for the overall scheme "Aykley Heads, Durham, Strategic Development Site"

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From Chronicle Live website on 17/01/18

A ‘masterplan’ which aims to bring more than 6,000 new private sector jobs to a business park in Durham city has been given the green light by councillors. Durham County Council plans to demolish its current headquarters at Aykley Heads and develop it into a centre for high-tech and high-paying jobs. On Wednesday councillors approved the scheme, which could boost the local economy by £400m, at a cabinet meeting.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-news/6000-jobs-created-plan-aykley-14131850

NH - in the light of the above approval would it be now opportune to create a separate thread for the overall scheme "Aykley Heads, Durham, Strategic Development Site"

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Yes, seems a good idea Ken, leave it with me.
 

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Current situation in vicinity of Aykley Heads Business Park (Strategic Development Site at current Durham County Hall), Durham

There have been/are a number of developments in the Aykley Heads, Durham area and covered on other threads of this forum:-

Durham Police New Headquarters, See http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1485425

Pictures of mine from 09/06/16, post #17 from that thread





Demolition of existing Police HQ building, with radio mast and ongoing construction of new Aykley Woods new housing development - last covered on posts #463 - 466 on 18/09/17 on http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1499534&page=24

The original Police HQ "listed" radio mast just before demolition - picture of mine from post #403 on 26/01/17 on "Residential Housing" thread, http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums... 22 from 14 Nov 2016/IMG_7238_zpsroaxtoxk.jpg



Some of the new housing - pictures from posts #463 - 466







Salvus House

Post from the "Smaller Projects, other developments" thread from 11/06/16, http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=133373611&postcount=3285

Picture from that post



Rivergreen Centre

See posts #3381 - 3383 from 03/11/16 on "Smaller Projects, other developments" thread , http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=435200&page=170

Picture from those posts



DLI Museum (now closed), The Jubilee Walk (grounds of DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery) & Aykley Heads open space area

Coverage of the above on posts #574 - 577 on 11/06/16 on "General Leisure and Sport" thread, http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1507803&page=29

Pictures from those posts





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Some very good photos there Ken,----and look forward to seeing more progress and photos of more Development on Aykley Heads area in the future,---cheers.
 

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All posts that were on this thread, relating to the separate project for the building of a replacement "County Council HQ" elsewhere in the City, have been moved to a new Project Thread, here . . .

New Durham County Hall (Sands Car Park, opposite Freeman’s Quay Leisure Centre) | Durham | Proposed
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=2113921
 

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‘Heads’ we all win – 6,000-job dream ready to become a reality in Durham at the current Durham County Hall soon to be Aykley Heads Business Park site, Durham City

Article on The Northern Echo website on 18/10/18 about the current Durham County Hall soon to be Aykley Heads Business Park site, Durham City and how it could inject large amounts into the Co Durham economy in future years

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‘Heads’ we all win – 6,000-job dream ready to become a reality in Durham

it is destined to transform the fortunes of Durham City and, together with other key development sites, have a positive knock-on effect on the whole county.

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Durham County Council has approved initial funding of £11m to start creating new offices on the site as Phase 1 of a project that will see the closure of the 1960s County Hall.


Full article on https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/b...m-ready-to-become-a-reality-in-durham/?ref=ar

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Plans for huge Aykley Head business park in Durham City that could create 4,000 jobs - Hybrid Planning Application

Chronicle Live website article from 17/07/20

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Plans for huge business park in Durham City that could create 4,000 jobs

Durham County Council has submitted a ‘hybrid’ planning application for the redevelopment of a site at Aykley Heads

The proposals consist of a detailed application for office use on ‘Plot C’ and an outline submission for the scheme’s first two phases, which have the potential to create 4,000 jobs worth up to £400m.

It is estimated a further 1,800 jobs would be supported in the construction of the park.


Full article on 4,000 jobs could be created at huge new business park

From Durham County Council Planning Portal on 17/07/20 the Hybrid application for the scheme at Aykley Heads, including site of current County Hall, Durham

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DM/20/01846/FPA

Hybrid planning application comprising detailed planning application for an office block (Class B1) with associated parking and landscaping on land known as Plot C and an outline planning application, with all matters reserved apart from site access, for the demolition of the existing County Hall site and the development of a business park (Class B1) with supporting retail and leisure uses comprising uses within Class A1 (retail), Class A2 (financial and professional services), Class C3 (food and drink), Class D1 (non-residential institutions) and Class D2 (assembly and leisure) with associated landscaping, multi-storey and surface car parking, servicing and relevant infrastructure.

Land At Aykley Heads Durham DH1 5UQ

Application Validated - Tue 14 Jul 2020

Status - Pending Consideration


DCC article from 17/07/20

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Aykley Heads planning application submitted

Aykley Heads, North of the city centre, is already home to Atom Bank, Waterstons, the North East England Chamber of Commerce, Salvus House and many other businesses.

It has been designated as a Strategic Employment Site, one of five across the county which are being delivered as part of our priority to deliver 'More and Better Jobs.'

The business park is proposed to provide up to 38,468sqm of floorspace and to be divided into an initial two phases and six plots. Each plot proposes office buildings and car parking spaces, while the site is close to the East Coast Main Line and other public transport, as well as cycling routes.

Should planning permission be granted, work on Plot C would begin over the next year.


Full article on Aykley Heads planning application submitted - Durham County Council

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The Durham car park which could be transformed into new Aylkey Heads business park and create 4000 jobs

Another Chronicle Live website article from 17/07/20 about the development at County Hall/Aykley Heads, Durham - with 19 images

The Durham car park which could be transformed into a new business park and create 4000 jobs

Durham County Council's plans have the potential to create thousands of jobs worth up to £400m to the region’s economy.


Full article on The Durham car park set be transformed into a business park with 4000 jobs

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Aykley Heads Development, Durham, You Tube Video

Durham County Council Aykley Heads Development, Durham You Tube video from 17/07/20 about planning application for the proposed Aykley Heads Development, Durham

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The proposals to create a business park at Aykley Heads in Durham have taken a step forward with the submission of plans. The hybrid proposals consist of a detailed application for office use on ‘Plot C’ and an outline submission for the scheme’s first two phases, which have the potential to create 4,000 jobs.


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