A NEW luxury apartment development in a historic Durham building has attracted worldwide attention since plans were revealed last month.
Enquiries have flooded in from as far afield as Asia, following the announcement that 52 Old Elvet, a Grade II listed building in Durham city, was to be transformed into 12 luxury homes.
The conversion is being carried out by the FiftyTwo Group, set up by North East entrepreneurs Fergus Bell and Daniel Gibson.
The new flats will offer state-of-the-art facilities, but will retain many of the original features of the house which was built in the early 1700s, and was the former home of the Durham County Club, which once entertained HM the Queen.
Since the FiftyTwo Group released details of the apartments, they have been inundated with requests form all over the world, keen to snap up a piece of history in one of the UK’s most stunning cities.
“We are delighted by the positive reaction to our plans for the building and to have had inquiries from as far away as Hong Kong,” said Daniel.
“People obviously recognise the value of a development with historic significance in a city with an international reputation.
“As soon as we revealed the plans we were swamped with enquiries, and calls are still coming in every day from potential buyers all over the world.”
With the restoration now well underway, it is hoped the development will be complete by March next year, with the work being carried out by Durham-based architectural and interior design firm, Howarth Litchfield.
“The development is moving along well, and we have had a fantastic response so far,” added Fergus.
“We believe this is down to a combination of a fantastic location, a very special building and the pull of modern living in a unique and historic setting. We are sure people will be very impressed when it’s complete.”