Durham Riverside Renewal

Freeman's Reach development takes delivery of 14-tonne plant room


The development of phase two of Freeman’s Reach in Durham City has taken a significant step forward with the completion of a major services infrastructure installation.

As part of the construction of the new offices for Her Majesty’s Passport Office, a 14-tonne prefabricated plant room, which will deliver heating, power and hot water throughout the building, was lifted into place by crane.

The plant room, which measures 8.5m by 4.2m, was manufactured by NG Bailey at its offsite manufacture facility in Bradford and transported by road to Freeman’s Reach for installation on the roof of the building.

This production process dramatically enhanced the efficiency of the project with offsite manufacturing cutting the build programme down from 20 to just eight weeks and enabled a single installation rather than fitting individual components at the top of the building.

Within the plant room NG Bailey has installed a range of systems including a pair of 654KW condensing boilers, a 1,500 litre water tank which will provide hot water throughout the building and electrical distribution units to provide power and lighting to the roof, plant and equipment.

In addition, during the operation, contractors also utilised the crane to install an air handling unit, which will provide tempered fresh air and air-cooling units for the building’s computer suites.

Phase two of Freeman’s Reach, which is part of the regeneration of Durham City’s Riverside, is set for completion early next year. HM Passport Office’s workforce, currently based on the opposite side of the River Wear in Milburngate House, will transfer across to the contemporary and energy-efficient 68,000 sq. ft. building at Freeman’s Reach during 2016.

The new Passport Office will share the environmental credentials of the new National Savings and Investments office at Wearside House and the rest of the development, that will enable Freeman’s Reach to be awarded an ‘A’ Rated Energy Performance Certificate and BREEAM* Excellent status.

It has also become the first UK city centre development to incorporate a fully-operational hydro-power generator. Utilising energy from the River Wear, an Archimedean screw drives a generator, which feeds the National Grid with power that is the equivalent of 75% of the energy requirements of Freeman’s Reach.

Freeman’s Reach is being developed by a consortium led by Carillion, Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons Capital LLP. It is funded by Legal & General.

Ian Beaumont, Freeman’s Reach Project Director, said: “The installation of the plant room is a key milestone in the construction of phase two of Freeman’s Reach. The collaboration between the developers, contractors and engineering specialists ensured this was a very efficient operation and is a significant step towards making Freeman’s Reach an exceptionally high quality, efficiently constructed building.”

Andrew Morley, operations direction for NG Bailey’s Engineering division in the region, said: “Manufacturing the plant room offsite has delivered outstanding efficiencies and enabled our engineers to complete the project in a very timely manner. Operating in our clean and safe production area cut the build time by more than half, improved health and safety by reducing risk as well as reducing waste materials and halved the number of on-site engineers required. We are very proud of this project and our role in the creation of such a landmark development in Durham City.”



CONTACT: Jamie Collis on 01325 363436

Editor’s Notes:

*BREEAM is the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, with 250,000 buildings with certified BREEAM assessment ratings and over a million registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990.

About Freeman’s Reach

The development consortium for the Freeman’s Reach project is consists of Carillion and Arlington Real Estate, supported by Richardsons Capital LLP. The project is funded by Legal & General Property.

The development project leader is Allan Cook, Managing Director of Arlington Real Estate. Allan is a North East based regeneration specialist and property developer.

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.

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 40,000 people and operates across the UK, in the Middle East and Canada.

Carillion is a member of the FTSE4Good Index and in 2013 the Group was awarded Platinum Big Tick status in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index. It has also achieved an ‘A-list’ position on the 2014 FTSE 350 Climate Performance and Disclosure Leadership Index, placing it within the top echelon of global companies with regard to actions to mitigate climate change.

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

Legal & General Property:

Legal & General Property (LGP) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), one of Europe’s largest institutional asset managers and a major global investor. LGIM manages approximately £465bn in assets on behalf of over 3,100 clients (30 June 2014) and provides products and solutions spanning all asset classes. LGP is the third largest institutional property fund manager in the UK, managing or co-managing 17 separate funds or vehicles including three segregated mandates with an aggregate asset value of £14.5bn as at 30 October 2014. These funds include:

  • Balanced Funds
  • oLife Fund; Linked Pensions; Linked Life; Managed Fund; Legal & General UK Property Fund; UK Property Income Fund I; UK Property Income Fund II; LPI Income Property Fund and the Hybrid Property Fund
  • Specialist Pooled Funds
  • oThe Leisure Fund Limited Partnership; Industrial Property Investment Fund; Arlington Business Parks Partnership; and the English Cities Fund
  • Single Asset Vehicles
  • oBracknell Regeneration Partnership; Central Saint Giles Partnership.

LGP’s UK-focused fund management platform has built and retained a strong track record of out-performance. Owing to its size, diversity and penetration, it benefits from best-in-class banking and property contacts which, along with its wealth of in-house skill and expertise, have enabled it to continue to attract and secure high quality market opportunities.

Taking a client-centric approach, the business places the highest priority upon integrity and transparency, leveraging the significant resources provided by the wider LGIM platform. Protecting the medium to long term value of its portfolio, as a leader in sustainability, green principles are embedded into every property and investment decision.

Sector specialists cover each sphere of the market and are supported by LGP’s market-leading research capability. In particular, the Company has a major development platform, responsible for delivering community-focused projects ranging from West End landmark buildings to significant town-centre retail and leisure regeneration schemes.

Forming part of the Group’s larger UK housing and infrastructure investment strategy, LGP also continues to participate in a growing range of supply side housing activities, including financing affordable homes, the house building sector, urban regeneration, student accommodation and care homes.

NG Bailey

NG Bailey is a family-owned business with a proud heritage and a proven track record of achievement. These strengths have spearheaded the elevation of the business to the leading position it is in today.

The company offers integration from the outset of a project, from planning and design through the supply chain, to offsite manufacture, installation and IT and facilities management.

As a market leader, the £400m turnover company is committed to offering tailored and innovative solutions and has a proven track record in doing so in a broad range of sectors including rail, manufacturing, power & industrial, healthcare, retail, energy and financial services.

A huge emphasis is placed on being customer focused, the success of which can only be demonstrated by its client portfolio which includes Network Rail, Arla Foods, EDF, JLL, Land Securities, Virgin Media and Mace. The company’s forward order book stands at just under £1bn.

NG Bailey employs 2,500 people in which it invests £3m a year on their training and development needs. The company is recognised for having one of the UK’s best apprenticeship schemes, having trained more than 5,500 apprentices since 1934 – with 160 currently on its books. NG Bailey attributes its success both to its talented workforce and, to its values of passion, integrity and excellence – which are at the heart of everything it does, and everything it achieves.www.ngbailey.com.

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The plant room being lifted into position at Freeman’s Reach
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