Durham Riverside Renewal

Landmark regeneration project underway in Durham City

12/09/2013
A project described as the ‘catalyst for the regeneration of Durham’s Riverside’ is underway and will help secure hundreds of jobs in the city. Retaining 800 jobs in the process, Durham Riverside Renewal is an ambitious project which seeks to regenerate areas of the city’s riverside, and is beginning with the construction of a new development at Freeman’s Reach. At the forefront of the Freeman’s Reach development will be the construction of new high quality offices for National Savings and Investments (NS&I). With its previous site based across the river, the creation of these new offices has allowed NS&I to retain their presence in Durham - providing an economic as well as aesthetic boost to the area. Planned for completion in 2015, the new site will become home to 395 NS&I employees. Added to the 300 jobs brought to the region through the construction of the offices, the project has made a significant contribution to aiding the regional economy. The guiding philosophy behind the project, established by a development consortium comprising Carillion Developments, part of Carillion plc, North East property developer Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons Capital LLP, is to provide economic and ecological sustainability to Durham City. Allan Cook, Director of Arlington Real Estate, said: “Having worked on the project for a number of years we are very excited to now be moving into the delivery phase, marking a new chapter in history of Durham City and in particular the Riverside. “Being local to Durham I am very proud to be involved in the renewal of this part of the City and am confident that the legacy of the project will be something that will be celebrated and enjoyed by future generations. “We have worked closely with many stakeholders including Durham County Council, the Homes and Communities Agency, NS&I and the local community to create an attractive Green Development more in keeping with its architectural surroundings, which I am sure will enhance the economic and social value of the area in terms of attracting new businesses and visitors to the City.” In a novel approach to utilise green technology and observe the area’s heritage, part of the regeneration process will include the installation of an electricity generating hydro turbine utilising an Archimedes screw. Generating enough energy to power 75 per cent of the development’s requirements, the screw will utilise the renewable energy provided by the River Wear, which has historically delivered power to the site. Neil McMillan, Director of Carillion Developments, said: “At Carillion Developments we are passionate about regeneration, and I believe this project will prove a catalyst for further investment and development within the northern quarter of Durham City, which includes the riverside area. “The Freeman’s Reach project provides not only BREEAM Excellent grade A office space, but the incorporation of an Archimedes screw to harvest the energy of the River Wear means that this will be Britain’s first hydro-powered city centre development. Durham can be proud of setting this new benchmark and demonstrating how, even in a World Heritage City, through innovative design renewable energy technologies can be incorporated, without adversely affecting its appeal.” 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. Share back to Durham Riverside Renewal

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Landmark regeneration project underway in Durham City
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