Local developer to bring Hotel Indigo to Durham city centre

Local developer to bring Hotel Indigo to Durham city centre

Commercial property developer Kevin Brown and his business partner Shaun Crawley have completed a £15m deal for the sale and renovation of Shire Hall in Durham City Centre.

Grade II listed Shire Hall is set to be refurbished into a Hotel Indigo, the boutique brand from InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), with a Marco Pierre White steakhouse bar & grill.

Kevin Brown and and Shaun Crawley will work through their joint venture Elvet Developments Ltd to lead the renovation and refurbishment on behalf of Maven Capital Partners, they have also appointed Gordon Brewis from Durham-based architects Howarth Litchfield as lead designer on the project.

Kevin Brown said: “From the outset it has been vital to find the right partners to produce an outstanding hotel for the city and equally as important, to secure Shire Hall's future and prevent any further deterioration and damage to the building.

“Tourism plays a significant part in Durham’s economy, but there is a widely recognised shortage of quality hotel accommodation.  The new hotel will meet the need for high quality accommodation in the city centre and also provide another prestigious eatery with its Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill.”

As well as boosting tourism in Durham, the new hotel will generate up to 60 new jobs for the city.

The refurbishment of Shire Hall is expected to take 15 months, with the hotel being scheduled to open in the autumn of 2017.