Project: Durham History Centre
Client: Durham County Council
Main Contractor: Kier
Value: £1.6 million

The Challenge

The Durham History Centre project was a multifaceted scheme consisting of two distinct parts: constructing a new modern extension and making internal adjustments to a Grade II listed building. The project faced several challenges, including the complexities of working within a listed building, accommodating design changes, and managing an extended program schedule.



The Solution

To address these challenges, Hewitson Ltd adhered to a meticulous and collaborative approach. Strict adherence to the methodology agreed upon with the client was crucial. This ensured all work within the Grade II listed building was conducted with the utmost care and in compliance with heritage preservation standards. Implementing rigorous document control practices allowed for effective management of design changes and ongoing cost updates. Regular updates and transparent communication with the client ensured that any adjustments were promptly addressed and documented, keeping the project on track. Close monitoring and updating of costs throughout the project helped manage the budget effectively, despite the challenges posed by design changes and extended schedules.



The Results:

The Durham History Centre project was completed incident-free, demonstrating Hewitson Ltd’s commitment to safety and precision. By following the correct design and procedures throughout, the project not only met but exceeded the client’s expectations. The new modern extension and the sensitive internal adjustments to the Grade II listed building were successfully integrated, preserving the historical integrity while providing modern functionality. This project underscored Hewitson Ltd’s expertise in managing complex construction projects involving heritage sites, strict design protocols, and dynamic project requirements.



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