Durham Riverside Renewal

Durham resident marks the start of Milburngate House demolition


A retired Durham County Council worker who witnessed the construction of Milburngate House in the 1960s has helped start the demolition of the building, which will pave the way for the creation of a premium, mixed-use development.

David Glencorse, 69, performed the ceremonial start of the external demolition of the former passport office, which will be delivered by North East specialists Thompsons of Prudhoe working in partnership with the regeneration project’s lead contractor, Carillion Building.

He began working as a clerk at County Hall in the Weights and Measures department in 1965, when Milburngate House was first being constructed, and regularly walked past the development on his way to the post office in Claypath to pay in funds for colleagues’ National Insurance stamps.

Now living in Willington, after many years in Newton Hall, David spent 45 years in the Weights and Measures and Trading Standards departments at councils across the North East before retiring.

David joined the demolition team to start the process of transforming the site into the £150m Milburngate development, which will lead to the creation of more than 1,000 full-time jobs and 650 construction jobs.

Having progressed ahead with the internal strip out of the building, the contractors are now undertaking the 12-month demolition programme in preparation for the construction of Milburngate.

Following planning permission being awarded earlier in November, the developers behind the project, Carillion, Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons Capital LLP, are now focused on delivering this brand new living, working and leisure destination in Durham's city centre.

At the heart of Milburngate will be an Everyman Cinema, alongside a collection of premium leisure restaurants and bars, high-specification apartments and sustainable, energy-efficient office space.

David Glencorse said: “I saw Milburngate House being built from the foundations up, including the pouring of the concrete, so I was honoured to be asked to help start the next chapter of the site’s future. The plans for Milburngate are very exciting and definitely better than what is there at the moment.”

Steve Hunter, Project Director, Carillion Building, said: “This is a landmark moment for the regeneration of Durham City’s riverside and we were delighted that David, who was there when the original construction began on the site in the 1960s, could play a part in helping us to start the process of transforming the site for the benefit of the city and future generations of residents, workers and visitors.”



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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 Freemans 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

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

About Richardsons Capital

Richardsons Capital is a private, family-owned and operated property business formed over sixty years ago and headquartered in the West Midlands. The company is primarily focused on property development and investment in the UK and overseas. Typically working in joint venture, the business has a long history of successful partnerships, having developed over 6 million sq ft of real estate across all sectors.

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(left to right) Ben Harris (Thompsons) and Steve Hunter (Carillion), look on as David Glencorse starts the demolition of Milburngate House
(left to right) Ben Harris (Thompsons) and Steve Hunter (Carillion), look on as David Glencorse starts the demolition of Milburngate House
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