Durham Gala Theatre and Walkergate Development

year 2006

category Car Parks, Retail and Hospitality

client Durham City Council / Amec Developments

location Durham

project value Various

TGA Consulting Engineers were employed first by Durham City Council and then by Amec Developments to design all of the mechanical and electrical services in this major multi-use facility constructed in Durham’s world heritage site.

Project Summary

The first stage of the project was Durham City’s £19m millennium project and comprised:

  • 500 seater theatre with flexible seating facilities to enable the space to be used for a variety of purposes
  • Café / bars
  • Restaurant / multi-purpose function suite
  • I-max theatre / Visitor Centre (subsequently converted to multi-screen cinema)
  • Council Offices
  • City Library
  • Freeman’s place – an open public space
  • Tourist information centre Community Resource Centres


The second stage of the project, known as the Walkergate Development, was completed in 2006 at a cost of £16.5m.  It provided:

  • a range of restaurant and bar facilities
  • a major multi-storey car park on 5 levels
  • loading bay and delivery areas with associated access routes
  • 150 room hotel
  • 50 private, luxury apartments




Level multi-storey car park


Private luxury apartments


Room hotel


Seater theatre