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Durham Launches Innovation District

Durham County Council and Durham University are seeking a Joint Venture partner as it looks to develop a new Innovation District (ID). Working alongside lead adviser Avison Young, K2 Architects are supporting the initial launch based on their experience with other IDs such as Knowledge Quarter, Liverpool.

Innovation Districts house the best of academia, research, and leading-edge anchor institutions, as well as companies that cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators and accelerators. At their very core, they promote health and well-being, inclusivity, and sustainable economic development.

Durham City Innovation District is of international significance and home to major businesses and institutions, including the Durham University Business School and Atom Bank. The available land is only five minutes’ walk from the train station and has views of the UNESCO world heritage sites.

We are delighted to bring forward the latest opportunity for investment with a 15-hectare tranche of land at Aykley Heads. We are seeking a joint venture partner to support us in delivering a vision for international, world-leading capabilities at this attractive green oasis right in the heart of Durham City.

Amy Harhoff
Corporate Director for Regeneration, Economy, and Growth, Durham County Council