Durham Riverside Renewal

Cosmopolitan bar and cafe set for Freemans Reach


Salmon Bars Ltd has acquired the waterside leisure unit from the developers of Freemans Reach in Durham City and will use the space to create a cosmopolitan bar and eatery at the riverside.

Scheduled to launch in August, doors will open at 7:30am to serve breakfast and will close late in the evening, offering the city a brand new all day casual dining experience.

Salmon Bars Ltd, which trades from a number of sites throughout the North East, was chosen as the preferred operator of the 1,540 sq ft building with river terrace by the developers after careful consideration of several strong proposals.

Freemans Reach is a strategic regeneration project in the heart of Durham, which secured over 1,000 valuable jobs in the city centre by providing high quality, sustainable offices for National Savings and Investments (NS&I) and Her Majesty’s Passport Office (HMPO).

Freemans Reach has also acted as the catalyst for a major programme of renewal on the riverside by the development consortium. As a result of NS&I and HMPO relocating from Milburngate House to Freemans Reach, the next stage will be the transformation of the Milburngate site into a premium development featuring homes, offices, restaurants and a boutique cinema.

Andy Maher, Director at Salmon Bars Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected as the operator at Freeman’s Reach; it’s a fantastic location and great opportunity right in the heart of this beautiful and historic city. Our bar and restaurant will add further to the quality of offer available in Durham, which already has a vibrant social scene”.

Allan Cook, Managing Director of Arlington Real Estate, said: “The Bar & Cafe at Freemans Reach, together with the high quality public realm and new riverside walk has created a new place in the City. Having seen their plans for the site I’m sure it will be enjoyed by locals and visitors to the city alike.”

Cllr Neil Foster, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economic regeneration and culture, said: “Freemans Reach has already completely rejuvenated a major part of the riverside as well as meaning vital jobs have been kept in Durham City. With even more improvements to come on the other side of the river, we’re delighted to welcome Salmon Bars Ltd to what we’re sure will be a hugely successful and totally transformed area of the city.”



CONTACT: Jamie Collis on 01325 363436

Editor’s Notes:

Durham Riverside Renewal

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 plc

Notes to editors: Carillion is a leading integrated support services company with a substantial portfolio of Public Private Partnership projects, extensive construction capabilities and a sector leading ability to deliver sustainable solutions. The Group had annual revenue in 2015 of some £4.6 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, utilities services, road maintenance, rail services, remote site accommodation services and consultancy services 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 in the UK and Canada.

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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(L-R) Allan Cook, Managing Director of Arlington Real Estate, Andy Maher, Director at Salmon Bars Ltd and Cllr Neil Foster, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economic regeneration and culture.
(L-R) Allan Cook, Managing Director of Arlington Real Estate, Andy Maher, Director at Salmon Bars Ltd and Cllr Neil Foster, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economic regeneration and culture.
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