Work on the £2.1m mixed-use refurbishment project at 31-33 Church Street, is now complete and has raised the bar for apartment living in Durham.

The three storey, 200-year-old property, which had been derelict for almost 12 years has been completely transformed into luxury apartments and student accommodation.

This project requires careful planning and coordination on a number of fronts, not least because of the property’s location on a busy junction close to the city centre and adjacent to Durham University’s student union. Also, there was significant structural collapse at the rear of the Grade II listed building and we had to work closely with conservation experts to ensure the restoration works were fully compliant.

The apartments have proved so popular that they have all been let prior to completion of works. Each apartment is decorated to an exceptionally high standard and is fully furnished ready for occupation. The building also includes a space that has been let to Barrio Comida, a Mexican street food restaurant.

The Surgo team, who worked alongside client’s agents Todd Milburn Partnership, designer/architect Interior DNA, Structural engineer Maughan Reynolds Partnership Limited and services engineers Clark Degnan Consulting Engineers, did an excellent job and left the clients happy.

Mike Rewcastle, from Up North Group who project managed the project said: “I am very happy with the end result of this project. Surgo showed great professionalism and prevailed well when faced with awkward challenges. I hope we can work together again soon”.