Helios Properties Ltd




This highly specialised, award-winning office block was designed and built to accommodate the headquarters for the Anglican Diocese of Durham.

The two-storey building features open plan and cellular office areas, a resource centre/community library, meeting/interview rooms, reception & circulation areas, prayer room, IT and stores room and washroom facilities. Additional works included external hard and soft landscaping, incorporating 46 car parking spaces, bicycle racks and a refuse compound.

The project met all programme requirements, ensuring handover was completed in time to accommodate staff who were required to vacate old premises. Tolent Living provided temporary power to the facility until a nearby sub-station, (unrelated to the Tolent project) was built.

Tolent was able to provide the client with a range of pre-construction services/support which would be considered outside of scope for most contractors. The client purchased the site and gained planning permission, and subsequently sold the unused land to a local housing developer for the purposes of new build housing developments, with Tolent Living negotiating the construction of the Diocesan Centre based on our track record delivering successful projects with the client.

This unique set-up provided a range of efficiencies in terms of site accommodation and welfare, as well as a range of pre-construction land and planning support for clients Helios Properties Limited.

Tolent Living was able to reduce expenditure by c.£50k following a value engineering exercise, which included:

  • £20k savings through a change in the roofing specification; and
  • £28k saving on the hard landscaping package changing from block-paving to tarmac and granular sub-base.

The project was also shortlisted for the Construction Excellence award for Value, as well as Project of the Year.

“Cuthbert House is a terrific new centre for the support of our work in the parishes and communities across the Diocese. Now being the recipient of the City of Durham Trust Architectural Award is the icing on the cake – I am thrilled.”

Paul Butler

Bishop of Durham

  • The City of Durham Trust Architectural Award 2015 (Winner)

  • LABC Regional Awards 2016: Best Small Commercial Project (Winner)

  • Constructing Excellence Award NE 2016 - Value (Shortlisted)

  • Constructing Excellence NE Award 2016 - Project of the Year (Shortlisted)








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