Prince Bishops Place

The Trust recently had a helpful meeting with staff of Citrus Group, the owners of Prince Bishop Place. We discussed the changes they have made to the planned new development of the shopping centre in the light of the consultation they held in 2023. We also had a meeting with them during the 2023 consultation.

The changes to the design are summarised on their website:

The main focus of the design development over recent months has been changes to the configuration of the scheme, and the River Wear elevation in particular.

We’ve taken the decision to relocate the proposed hotel to a more viable location in the upper storeys of the Boots building on Market Place. In its place, student accommodation is now proposed above the multi-storey car park facing the river.

This has enabled us to adopt a more sympathetic architectural approach to the design of the river frontage, with pitched roofs and dormer windows better fitting the appearance of Durham City Centre as opposed to the flat roofed, more municipal-style architecture we consulted upon.

All of the other key attributes of the scheme we presented in Summer 2023 remain unchanged.

Citrus Group plan to submit the planning proposal in March. The Trust will, as usual, be commenting on this proposal.

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