urban civic

Urban and Civic PLC is a property development and investment company that is delivering commercial developments, city centre regeneration projects and strategic land parcels for homes and businesses. The business is defined by the quality of our projects and we retain selected assets such as Feethams as we believe in the long-term investment value of the places we are crafting.

The group is headquartered in London with regional offices in Teesside, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol and Warwick providing a national presence with local knowledge. Having developed over 250,000sqft of office space at Middlehaven and Teesdale in Stockton and completed successful commercial developments in Newcastle, Gateshead, Stockton, Bishop Auckland, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Sedgefield and Skelton, Urban and Civic has a strong reputation for commercial development in the North East.

Urban and Civic continues to promote its philosophy of using local partners such as the design team for Feethams. The group’s unified approach is that once a relationship with a party is formed and the trust established allowing them to build an understanding of the Urban and Civic way of working, then those relationships endure ensuring the group can consistently do things right.


Niven Architects is an award winning architectural practice with over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry. Based in the north east, close to the flagship Feethams development, they have established a reputation for creating architecture of the highest quality throughout the UK. The practice has experience in all sectors of the construction industry; in particular education, residential, retail, commercial, industrial and leisure. Projects range in value from £0.5 – £30 million.

Niven provides its clients with high quality professional services in architecture, project management, digital visualisation, interior design, sustainability and masterplanning.

For the past three years, Niven Architects has been working with Teesside University on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), which has examined the implications of introducing BIM protocols into the Practice. This has resulted in Niven Architects now being at the forefront of the use of BIM in the UK, winning two international competitions and also in establishing BIM Strategy Ltd to run alongside and integrate with their Architectural Practice.

The Feethams project team consists of:

  • Peter Hodges – Director
  • Ian Scott – Lead Architect
  • Andrew McIntyre – Technical Associate
  • Dave McKeag – Technical Consultant
  • James Anderson – Architectural Technologist/IT Manager
  • Marc Warren – Technical Manager



M&H started life in the late nineteenth century as W & J Barr & Sons, a local builder and joiner based in Ayrshire. The business developed in the early part of the twentieth century into civil engineering projects in the region before expanding into the rest of Scotland and the north of England.

From the late 1980s, M&H began to develop its expertise in the wider construction sector, initially within the stadia market. Their proactive approach and excellent record in delivery within this sector brought us to the attention of a wider client base. This was particularly notable in the retail, industrial and leisure sectors.

M&H Construction is now largely focused on core markets such as retail, commercial, industrial, education and leisure. Employees at present stand over 200.

The Feethams senior project team consists of:

  • Paul Griffen – Construction Director
  • Neil Jackson – Operations Manager
  • David Bowen – Senior Project Manager
  • George McCormack – Project Manager
  • Scott Paton – Project Surveyor

darlington council

Darlington Borough Council championed the development brief for the whole Feethams area in order to promote the area as a revitalised leisure and office destination together with appropriate car parking.

The resulting coherent master plan for the area has become the platform for development at Feethams. Specifically, it has underpinned the new Department For Educations National Headquarters adjacent to the Town Hall, and our emerging Feethams Darlington development, together with the multi-storey car park opposite.

The Council also promoted the Feethams Darlington site in 2012 to secure both a development partner and scheme which aligned with their development brief for the area. Terrace Hill were selected following a competitive process and have worked closely with the Council to obtain detailed planning consent and meet their aspirations in terms of delivery.

The Council has proved to be trusted partners throughout the development process especially in their staunch belief that the wider Feethams area will become a thriving and successful part of Darlington.


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