Durham Riverside Renewal

Durham University students drill down into alternative energy solutions at Freeman's Reach


Engineering undergraduates from Durham University have visited Freeman’s Reach to take a closer look at its hydro-turbine as part of an alternative energy design project.

The visit allowed students to assess the suitability of an Archimedean screw as a way to generate energy in remote locations, which cannot be connected to the main grid.

Ian Beaumont, Project Director at Freeman’s Reach, provided the group with a presentation that gave students a practical understanding of alternative energy solutions and put the theory behind the Archimedean screw into context.

Durham University offers two programmes for engineering undergraduates, a four year MEng and a three year BEng. Both courses benefit from its integrated approach to engineering, starting with the study of all disciplines and specialisation in later years.

Freeman’s Reach is being developed by a consortium led by Carillion Developments, part of Carillion plc, Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons Capital LLP.

It will become the new home of National Savings & Investment and Her Majesty’s Passport Office and will open up this part of the riverside to local people and visitors for the first time in generations. With improved visitor amenities, particularly for those arriving by coach, Freeman’s Reach will offer daytime and evening café/restaurant facilities as well as featuring a new tree lined Riverside Walk.

Charlotte de Cock, Engineering student at Durham University, said: “The visit to Freeman’s Reach proved to be extremely rewarding for us. It supplemented our studies perfectly and further developed our groups’ knowledge of energy sources."

Ian said: “We always look to accommodate site visits, especially for learning purposes. What they have learnt today will hopefully serve them well throughout the rest of their module.”



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Ian Beaumont, Project Director at Freeman’s Reach with the visitors from Durham University
Ian Beaumont, Project Director at Freeman’s Reach with the visitors from Durham University
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