Palace Green, the Bailey, Old Elvet
Durham University, along with Durham Cathedral, is joint guardian of Palace Green, and is unique in being the only University to live and work in a World Heritage Site. Developments at Palace Green are aimed at making this important place of scholarship more accessible and welcoming to the general public and tourists. Developments elsewhere in the historic City Centre are aimed at further enhancing Durham's cultural and economic potential.
World Heritage Site visitor centre
To further open up the World Heritage Site to visitors, the University, in partnership with Durham City Vision, is developing a World Heritage Site visitor centre which will be located in the former Almshouses on Owengate. This will bring significant economic and cultural benefit to the City.
Palace Green Library
Palace Green Library, including the historic Cosin's Library, will be opened up to the public. This will be achieved through relocation of the Law section to the main library extension on Stockton Road. This new space will be used to display the University's own library treasures and special collections, as well hosting visiting collections often requiring specialised environmental conditions and security (for which there is currently no option in Durham).
The University sold Old Shire Hall and 14 and 15 Old Elvet to Regional Development Agency, One North East, in 2008. The University is currently leasing the buildings back until the Gateway development is complete, at which point they will be returned to public use. ONE, in conjunction with Durham City Vision, will ensure that the buildings are sold to a suitable organisation in order to maintain the character of the area and benefit the City economically. Old Shire Hall, a grade II listed building, may be converted into a boutique hotel.