Durham Riverside Renewal

Freeman's Reach team up with DurhamGate to build upon construction careers programme

NEWS RELEASE: ISSUED ON BEHALF OF DURHAM NORTHERN QUARTER Freeman’s Reach played host to a group of DurhamGate Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award Candidates who took part in a tour of the development to help build an interest in the construction industry. The tour gave candidates the chance to learn more about the industry and its wider opportunities and challenges, using its hydro-turbine and ‘bat hotel’ in addition to the main building development to demonstrate the diversity of construction works on a single site. The visit was part of a recent wider DurhamGate DofE construction careers project, which included a careers workshop and construction challenge. The development has become a popular destination for educational site visits and recently welcomed two groups of students from Durham University as part of an intensive module to supplement their academic activities. Freeman’s Reach will have the first hydro-power turbine in a city centre development in the UK. Its developers have also improved the bio-diversity at the site to ensure it is ecologically responsible by creating installations such as the ‘bat hotel’. The ‘hotel’ has been created specifically for the Daubentons bats that inhabit the area surrounding the development. It is a concrete and masonry structure, which has been buried beneath an area of the development next to the riverbank. DurhamGate, a partnership between Carillion Developments, part of Carillion plc, and regional property business, Arlington Real Estate, works closely with the charity, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, in order to engage with young people in the local area, by helping them to raise their self-confidence and build on their personal development, as well as equipping them with skills that will have a positive effect on their lives and ultimately improve their employability. Alongside the programmes founders, a group of businesses, known as ‘Friends of DurhamGate, support the programme through funding and by providing valuable work experience placements for DofE participants. Ian Beaumont, Project Director of the Freeman’s Reach Development, said: “I am very pleased that Freeman’s Reach is helping to support the development of the DofE candidates and providing them with an understanding of the careers options available. “The programme has provided the young people who took part with skills that are easily transferred to the workplace and they have also gained a solid understanding of what the construction industry has to offer.” Wendy Minhinnett, DurhamGate DofE project Development Manager, said: “The tour proved to be very useful for the candidates. It has complemented the careers programme and construction challenge perfectly by adding to the candidates understanding of the industry.” ENDS CONTACT: Jamie Collis on 01325 363436 Notes to editors: About Durham Riverside Renewal Durham Riverside Renewal is a project to create a new mixed-use development of offices, homes, shops and restaurants, which will regenerate an important part of Durham City and safeguard and create in excess of 2,500 jobs over a six to eight year period. Located on both banks of the River Wear north of Milburngate Bridge, the project will see the transformation of Freeman’s Place on the east bank of the river (the site of the former ice rink building and associated land) and Framwellgate Waterside on the west bank (the site occupied by Milburngate House). A significant benefit of the project will be the enhancement of public access to Durham’s riverside and its important landmarks and amenities. The first phase of work involves the redevelopment of the 0.77 hectare former ice rink building and associated land, known as the Freeman’s Reach development; phase two will see the redevelopment of Milburngate House which occupies, a 2.3 hectare site on the west bank of the river. The Preferred Bidder for development of Freeman’s Reach on Durham City’s Riverside is a consortium, which includes Carillion Developments, Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons Capital LLP. 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. back to Durham Riverside Renewal


R-L Steve Hunter project Director with Carillion, gives pupils Joe Wilson and  James Harding an overview of the site from the newly constructed top floor.
R-L Steve Hunter project Director with Carillion, gives pupils Joe Wilson and James Harding an overview of the site from the newly constructed top floor.
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