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Building Design Northern

With over 35 years’ excellence in structural engineering and project management, Building Design Northern (BDN) has entered an exciting new phase in its growth with a move into Salvus House.

Bespoke office space in the £3.4m development in Durham City is the new home for the highly experienced team of ten comprising chartered architects, project managers, chartered engineers and support staff.

BDN was the creative structural design force behind Durham’s Rivergreen Centre, where the firm was based for ten years before its recent move to Salvus House.

Established in 1983 as a project management firm, BDN added civil and structural engineering and most recently architectural consultancy to its portfolio of business services, helping grow its national and international blue chip client base.

The company’s project portfolio encompasses developments from office blocks to shopping malls – the common denominator being its ability to come up with innovative, cost effective solutions to often complex building problems.

For example, BDN led on the structural redesign of the Heritage Lottery Funded transformation of Durham City’s historic Wharton Park.

Managing Director Clive Oliphant said: “As a company that designs buildings, it is important for us to be based in a building which is appropriate to showcase what we do.

“Salvus House is a good base for us. The Business Durham staff have been excellent, they have bent over backwards to help us with our move.

“As a location for business, we are based on the East Coast Mainline and clients are impressed by what they see here.

“We can get to a meeting with clients in London from Durham almost as quickly as someone can get from Heathrow to London Docklands door to door, which is important for our business.”

Welcoming BDN to Salvus House, Business Durham’s Business Property Director, Peter McDowell said: “We are delighted BDN have chosen to move to Salvus House in Durham City.  They join a thriving business community in this multi-award winning building. 

“The unique and unmistakable architecture of Salvus House makes an instant impression and is an excellent choice for businesses, like BDN, looking for prestigious city centre office space in a central North East location.