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Civil engineering award for Freeman's Reach subcontractor


Groundwork that helped turn Freeman’s Reach into the first UK city centre development with a fully-functional hydro turbine has helped Rainton Construction secure a prestigious civil engineering award.

The Civil Engineering Contractors’ Association Awards, which celebrate North East construction, has presented the company with its Project of the Year Award, at its annual ceremony.

Rainton Construction, a sub-contractor for the developer’s contractor, Carillion Building, was recognised for its cofferdam, retaining walls and concrete intake channel, which will help the hydro turbine generate 100kw of electricity for Freeman’s Reach.

To support the conservation of the local wildlife population, Rainton Construction incorporated a fish pass, otter ‘hotel’ and bat cave, as part of the scheme works.

Ian Beaumont, Project Director of the Freeman’s Reach Development, said: “During the planning phase of the development we identified the importance of being environmentally friendly and making special adjustments, which is why the concrete structure and intake channel for the hydro-turbine is such an impressive piece of engineering work.”

“Rainton Construction did an excellent job and thoroughly deserves the recognition for its work. The award further proves the quality of our development and its eco-credentials.”



CONTACT: Jamie Collis on 01325 363436

Editor’s Notes:

The development consortium consists of Carillion, Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons Capital LLP.

Arlington Real Estate and Carillion also work in partnership on another flagship County Durham development, DurhamGate. Located five miles south of Durham City, DurhamGate is on the site of Black & Decker former UK headquarters and, at 60 acres, is the largest regeneration project in the North East.

The project includes the regeneration of Freeman’s Reach and the redevelopment of Milburngate House, which are on adjacent banks of the River Wear in the heart of Durham City.

According to the Sunday Times 2014 ‘Best Places to Live’ listing:

“Durham is a lovely place to live. Beneath its glorious cathedral, you’ll find pretty cobbled streets stuffed with little independent shops and great watering holes, a beautiful river that carves its way through dramatic walls of rock and greenery, and some attractive house stock – along with a thriving buy-to-let market, thanks to all those students. One of the nicest places to live is South Street, which looks directly onto the cathedral and castle, and which inspired Sir Walter Scott. Many of its terraced houses are grade II listed; prices range from £400,000 to more than £1m.”

About Carillion

Carillion is a leading integrated support services company with a substantial portfolio of Public Private Partnership projects and extensive construction capabilities. The Group had annual revenue in 2014 of some £4.1 billion, employs around 46,000 people and operates across the UK, in the Middle East and Canada.

The Group has four business segments:

Support services – this includes facilities management, facilities services, energy services, utility services, road maintenance, rail services and consultancy businesses in the UK, Canada and the Middle East.

Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects - this includes investing activities in PPP projects for Government buildings and infrastructure, mainly in the Defence, Health, Education, Transport and Secure accommodation sectors.

Middle East construction services - this includes building and civil engineering activities in the Middle East.

Construction services (excluding the Middle East) - this includes building, civil engineering and developments activities in the UK and construction activities in Canada.

This and other Carillion news releases can be found at www.carillionplc.com

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Civil engineering award for Freeman's Reach subcontractor
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