Aykley Heads (Durham) - Strategy and capacity assessment

The extensive and heavily landscaped Aykley Heads Estate close to Durham City Centre is home to both Durham County Hall and the Headquarters of Durham Constabulary. This masterplan strategy and capacity assessment was produced for the County Council to explore and underpin their proposal to designate the estate as a strategic site for development in the support the Local Plan for the County.

The strategy was based upon development forms which respected the landscape of the site and views of it from the World Heritage site of the Cathedral and Castle and on the approaches to the City Centre. It also shaped development in patterns which opened and exploited views to the World Heritage Site from within the site.

The work provided a clear approach to the development of the site and demonstrated that the County Council’s aspirations in terms of a critical mass of development could be achieved on the site without unacceptable impact on the site’s very sensitive context.

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