Seaham Harbour

Location Seaham, County Durham, United Kingdom
Services Building services, civil, structural and geotechnical engineering and BREEAM assessment
Sector Lifestyle 
Client Easington District Council
Architect Napper Architects
Imagery © Sally Ann Norman

Gordon Reid

T +44 (0)191 213 1515

Redevelopment of Seaham North Dock to provide a new bespoke 2-storey building with an area of 503m² and associated services, floating pontoons for leisure craft and new dock gate at the entrance.

The new building provides workshops, offices, a café and public toilets and shower facilities and brings modern facilities to a historic Grade I Listed marina, benefiting local businesses, the local community and tourists. The building superstructure is a glulaminated timber frame.

Engineering services have included geotechnical investigation of the dock walls, ground and silt within the dock, structural design of the workshop/visitor centre building, drainage design, preparation of a performance specification for the dock gate and floating pontoon tenders and optioneering to determine whether or not the dock should be dredged.

With the design and detailing allowing BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating to be achieved.


  • RIBA North East Award 2014, Winner
  • RIBA North East Architect of the Year 2014, Winner
  • RIBA North East Building of the Year 2014, Winner
  • RIBA North East Client of the Year 2014, Winner


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