£30m plan to transform Durham City unveiled

Artist's impression of plans for The Gates in Durham
Artist's impression of plans for The Gates in Durham
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A £30MILLION scheme to transform a Durham City shopping centre has been unveiled.

The project will see The Gates redeveloped to feature a multi-screen cinema, riverside promenade, restaurants, cafes, student flats and parade of shops.

The development will support 195 construction jobs during building, as well an estimated 120-plus jobs when open.

Real estate management business Clearbell bought the centre for almost £12million, on behalf of CPP II Fund earlier this year.

The developers and agent Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners (NLP) are holding a consultation in the central square in The Gates, between noon and 7pm on Friday, and 9.30am and 1pm on Saturday.

Clearbell partner Nick Berry, said: “Durham has long been starved of a cinema and we think residents from the city and surrounding area deserve a better place to eat, shop and be entertained. The plans should unlock the potential of this unique setting.”

Jonathan Wallace, director and head of NLP’s Newcastle office of NLP, added: “The scheme will open inaccessible views across the River Wear towards the city, castle and cathedral. These proposals combine remodelling of the existing centre with new development, creating an improved retail environment which will attract new retailers into the city centre.”