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Radisson Blu
Durham
United Kingdom

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Radisson Blu
Riverside hotel in the magnificent and historic city of Durham

There can be few more glorious locations than the magnificent and historic city of Durham. It's Norman cathedral and castle form the centrepiece of the World Heritage Site, and it's historic and prestigious University buildings set upon the River Wear, have become some of the world’s most photographed views.

It’s unsurprising that Red Box Design Group’s designs required great sensitivity and respect. Close partnerships were required with the local planning authority, English Heritage and the Commission for Architecture in the Built Environment to deliver the building on such a prominent site. Materials were chosen to complement the surroundings, with locally sourced brick, timber cladding and traditional slate roof, all knitted together in a contemporary style.

Being located adjacent to the river also created specific design challenges. The Environment Agency required the building to be raised two meters above the riverside walkway and access road, ensuring that the hotel’s entrance and public spaces remain above the highest possible flood level of the river, whilst access and escape routes are maintained to the rear of the building in the event of increasingly regular flood events. Local planning restrictions required the hotel car parking and service areas to be cut into the bankside to the rear of the hotel, interspersed with terraced landscaping and pathways.

The 210 bed hotel features a multi use conference and business centre, banquet and function suites, and a leisure club with pool and specialty spa, all accessed via the central glazed atrium that brings light into the heart of the building, and affords views across Durham’s millennium bridge.

Bedrooms and suites, and the restaurant bar and meeting rooms all enjoy spectacular views over the river Wear to the castle and cathedral beyond.

The interior design of the hotel is subtle and contemporary and provides a warm and welcoming environment for guests and visitors, and the overall success of the hotel is evident in that it has recently been voted by Expedia as the number two hotel in England, and one of their most hotels favourite in the world.

Radisson Blu
Durham
United Kingdom

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