New building to reflect past

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A CONTROVERSIAL office block should be replaced with a building that reflects a city’s history.

Durham County Council’s cabinet yesterday agreed a development brief for 1960s-built Millburngate House, on Framwellgate Waterside, Durham.

The plans suggest tearing down the building, which is home to the Passport Office and National Savings and Investment (NS&I) and replacing it with housing.

Shops and leisure facilities are also included in the proposals.

It was said that other uses on the site are also possible and part of the building could remain.

Ian Thompson, corporate director for regeneration and economic development, said it is a key riverside site in a key city centre location.

He added that a high-profile development is needed for the site and the brief would hopefully attract potential buyers.

Millburngate House owners NS&I plans to move into new offices across the River Wear at Freeman’s Reach in 2014.