Michael Daly: Durham World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation Series

Tuesday 29th July, 5.30 p.m.
VENUE: Room PG20, Pemberton Bulding, Palce Green, Durham


“Great architecture without architects:
combining old and new in a city setting”

This talk will discuss the various phases of redeveloping a property in Durham City built in 1907. It will explore the issues faced during renovation work, including those associated with the condition of the shell of the property, efforts to preserve its original features, liaising with builders, working to a budget, sourcing the appropriate materials locally, whilst maintaining harmony with neighbours at all times.

Michael Daly followed a very successful career in the Royal Air Force Regiment before becoming a Bursar for Teikyo University in Durham in October 1995. He made the decision to permanently settle in Durham three years ago, but faced many difficulties finding the right property. He made it his mission to purchase a house in Brierville after recognising the dramatic views of the Cathedral and Castle from houses on the street. The only empty house on the street became his target and he eventually persuaded its owner to sell it to him; however, it required some serious renovation work that took over a year to complete. This was not without its traumas and went over budget, yet ultimately it was a highly successful example of how to sympathetically restore an older property.

The talk will be followed by a drinks reception in the World Heritage Site Centre.

Please book your place by writing to Raffaella Aliprandi at ‘ra.aliprandi@gmail.com’, making sure to note whether or not you will be attending the reception afterwards, for catering purposes.

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