Central Park

Location: Darlington, County Durham
Client: Darlington Borough Council, Keepmoat, Yuill Homes and Commercial Estates Group
Status: Masterplan prepared 2012

Project Description:
The delivery team were selected by Tees Valley Unlimited as preferred developer for this iconic £170 million flagship redevelopment, which is key to the success of the ‘Darlington Gateway’ scheme for the regeneration of Darlington and the Tees Valley. This 22.5 hectare brownfield site lies 1 kilometre to the north east of the town centre.

In 2012 IDPartnership joined the Central Park design team and were given the opportunity of completing the masterplan and successfully achieving planning approval for a hybrid planning application for a total residential development of up to 507 units; 1700 sq m of the use classes A1, A3 and A4; 26,500 sq m office development (B1), hotel (C1), and a multi-storey car park.

Darlington has since been successful in attracting further investment and development in the southern part of the site which has seen the construction of ‘Business Central’ which provides office space for small and medium sized businesses and the Centre for Process Innovation opposite. IDP produced a revised masterplan to take account of the increased level of commercial development. The masterplan seeks to integrate the housing and commercial developments with a linear park that connects the different character areas. The masterplan also provides a design code to inform future commercial development and encourage the delivery of high quality spaces between these blocks.