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Expertise is bringing history back to life

Bishop Cosins Library at Durham University: Welcoming visitors once more after a two-year refurbishment programme led by heritage specialists at GSSArchitecture

Staff at Northamptonshire architectural practice, GSSArchitecture are celebrating their latest project success, having been shortlisted for a Constructing Excellence Award.

The practice has been involved in works at the Palace Green World Heritage Site at Durham University, for more than ten years and, following the completion of the latest phase of works, the scheme has been announced as a finalist in the Conservation and Regeneration category of the Constructing Excellence regional awards.

Led by its specialist in-house heritage team, GSS has applied its expertise to preserve the Grade I and Grade II Listed buildings.

The latest project at the site, Bishop Cosins Library, opened its doors once again earlier this year after an extensive two-year external and internal refurbishment. Originally built in 1669, Bishop Cosins Library is one of the earliest public libraries in the North East of England and has now been conserved and regenerated for future use.

GSS’ heritage team has worked on a number of high-profile appointments and projects, reaching significant milestones. Led by William Assheton, partner and Architect Accredited in Building Conservation, the team are also working on the transformation of the Grade II Listed Alfred East Gallery, Kettering Library and Manor House Museum for North Northamptonshire Council. The team has recently completed the restoration and refurbishment works at Bradwell Abbey, an historic Scheduled Ancient Monument site in Milton Keynes.

The importance of historical buildings is not only considered when working on conservation, restoration, or regeneration schemes. GSS’ masterplanning team is working on developments that require the safeguarding of heritage aspects, ensuring that places retain the historic character that makes them special.

The team are currently involved in a £500 million Campus of Ageing and Vitality masterplan in Newcastle which is next to buildings of historical interest as well as a World Heritage Site.

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