Further Success for Seaham Harbour Redevelopment

10 October 2014

Further Success for Seaham Harbour Redevelopment

The redevelopment of the coastal marina at Seaham Harbour picked up its 9th prestigious award with a RTPI commendation at the awards ceremony on Friday, 10th October.

Graeme Dodd stated that, "Once again it highlights the success of a collaborative approach to the design and delivery of the projects and recognises the hard work and commitment of the design team, client team and community support group."

Tee off time for Northumbrian Hills

04 August 2014

Tee off time for Northumbrian Hills

Phase One of the Northumbrian Hills development has now started on site within the 230 acre Burgham Park estate near Morpeth, following Napper Architects successfully securing Reserved Matters Planning approval.

The first phase provides 50 three-bedroom lodges within a landscaped village setting. Based on the local vernacular, the lodges are detailed with locally sourced sandstone to the external walls, traditional style timber framed windows and natural slate roofs. Wood burning stoves coupled with air-source heat pumps and under-floor heating ensure the development achieves a high energy efficiency rating.

County Durham & Darlington fire &  rescue (cddfrs) estate projects; crook station goes live

09 June 2014

County Durham & Darlington fire &  rescue (cddfrs) estate projects; crook station goes live

Crook Fire Station is the first of the operational County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue (CDDFRS) £16 million Estates Projects to go live.

Andrew Mackay said, "This project will ensure the continued delivery of a high class service from CDDFRS and follows on from the completion of the New Headquarters building at Belmont and the Day Crew facilities at Seaham and Aycliffe."

A key feature of the station design is the provision of community facilities which allows the building to act as a hub and meeting place for a wide range of community groups.

Seaham Harbour redevelopment sails away with top honours

02 May 2014

Seaham Harbour redevelopment sails away with top honours

The redevelopment of the coastal marina at Seaham Harbour picked up 6 awards in a 7 day period.

After picking up the coveted regional RICS Regeneration award and RICS Tourism award on the 25th April it went on to the regional RIBA awards on the 2nd May to pick up a RIBA award, RIBA client of the year award, RIBA building of the year award culminating in North East Architectural Practice of the year award.

County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue (CDDFRS) estates projects commence on site

15 April 2014

County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue (CDDFRS) estates projects commence on site

Sniperley Fire Station and Bowburn Training centre commenced on site this month at a total capital cost of over £10,000,000.

The projects will ensure the continued delivery of a high class service from CDDFRS and follow on from the completion of the New Headquarters building at Belmont, The Day Crew facilities at Seaham and Aycliffe as well as Crook Fire Station which is nearing completion on site.

Department of Education offices taking shape in Darlington

01 April 2014

Department of Education offices taking shape in Darlington

The construction of the new £8million offices for the Department of Education in Darlington is now well under way with the Steel frame being completed ahead of programme.

Construction started in December 2013 with initial archaeological excavations finding the remains of a range of buildings including a 19th Century Poor House, a brewhouse, tithe barn and stables. Once these artefacts had been carefully collected and recorded they were taken to Durham University for further investigation to allow the construction of the new building to commence. The building, located on a strategic site within the Feethams area, will be set back from the River Skerne and, with the adjacent Grade 1 Listed St Cuthbert's Church and will define a new area of public realm on the fringe of the Town Centre.

Top honours for Seaham Harbour redevelopment

09 October 2013

Top honours for Seaham Harbour redevelopment

The redevelopment of the coastal marina at Seaham Harbour has taken top honours at the prestigious County Durham Environment Awards ceremony. The multi-million pound regeneration of Seaham Harbour Marina included the creation of new waterfront retail units, new dock gates, floating pontoons and North Terrace entrance and restoration of the once-derelict lifeboat centre.

Mark Dowdall, from Banks Group who is a member of the judging panel, described the winning projects as "inspirational". "The development of Seaham Harbour Marina has integrated modern sustainable facilities into the existing historic features of the harbour to create a new commercial and leisure environment."

A Trio of design awards for Stewart Park

30 May 2013

A Trio of design awards for Stewart Park

The successful restoration of Stewart Park in Middlesbrough has been recognised through a trio of architectural and design awards. The £8 million project, for Middlesbrough Council, led by Napper Architects with Southern Green Landscape Architects, has picked up the 'Building Conservation' Award at the RICS North East Renaissance Awards and the 'Heritage' Award at the Green Apple Awards which promote environmental best practice in the built environment. In addition , it has been 'Highly Commended' at the CENE Awards.

Napper Architects were responsible for the careful restoration of the Park's Grade II listed buildings to provide a new Visitor Centre along with a Community Educational Base, Vocational Training Centre and Cafeteria. The works involved the addition of a new glazed contemporary building with an exposed glulam structure, bringing the historic park into the 21st Century.

Liz Small, Project Director with Middlesbrough Council said: "Napper Architects have added consistent value to the end result. We are delighted with the expert restoration the recognition of its success through these awards, so much so that the project is now serving as an exemplar for historic restoration to other Local Authorities."

Napper secure final go-ahead for major retail expansion

26 March 2013

Napper secure final go-ahead for major retail expansion

Napper Architects have secured the final go-ahead for a multi-million pound expansion to their award winning Dalton Park in County Durham.

Following a recent High Court Judicial Review, the expansion project will now proceed under the planning permission granted by Durham Council in March last year with work commencing on detailed design and satisfying the planning conditions. It is anticipated that the construction will start on site within a year and take twelve months to complete.

Since opening in 2003, Dalton Park has become one of the region's top retail destinations with sales and visitor levels increasing year on year. The £35m project will complete the site's regeneration programme and will include a food store, cinema, restaurants, petrol station, hotel and pub all designed by Napper Architects and in accordance with their overall master-plan for the site.

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