Durham Riverside Renewal

Major civil engineering feat paves way for next stage of Milburngate development



One of the region’s largest and most sophisticated civil engineering feats has completed on Durham’s Riverside as progress continues on the £120m Milburngate development.

Measuring 236 metres - the equivalent of nearly three football pitches - the construction of the three-storey retaining wall has taken 10 months to complete. Using approximately 20,000m3 of concrete, it required the use of one of the largest piling rig in the UK.

The completion of the wall was a crucial part of the development enabling the various elements of the working, living and leisure destination to take shape.

Continuing safely throughout the ongoing global pandemic, the project’s main contractor, Gateshead-based Tolent has completed around 60 percent of the concrete super structure, which provides the primary support of the three, seven-storey apartment blocks that will now begin to be constructed.

With the structural steel frame of the 92-bed Premier Inn Hotel almost complete, this week also sees the arrival of the second of three tower cranes on site.

The steel and concrete works carried out over the last few months have all been completed by local companies based within a 10-mile radius of the development including Finley Structures and Wyn Construction.

Milburngate is being developed by a joint venture partnership between Arlington Real Estate and Richardson, supported by a £120 million forward funding commitment from LaSalle Investment Management.

Phase One of the development will feature a mix of premium leisure operators, such as Everyman Cinema and Miller & Carter, along with 153 built-to-rent apartments, a high specification office building, One Milburngate, and the Premier Inn hotel.

Allan Cook, Managing Director of Arlington Real Estate, said: “We are really pleased with the progress we are making at Milburngate and this significant civil engineering project will be a catalyst for the next stage of the development of Phase One.

“Developing a site of this scale next to a river in a historic city brings a range of challenges and we have been impressed with the innovation and expertise of Tolent and its supply chain to successfully deliver this major part of the construction of Milburngate.”

Andy McLeod, CEO for Tolent, said: “Our foundations are in the civil engineering sector and our teams continue to deliver exceptional standards of work now, as they have for some forty years.

“Working collaboratively with our client and supply chain partners Billinghurst George & Partners and Volker Ground Engineering, we created an innovative solution to deliver the retaining wall as you see it today - something that was initially deemed unachievable. A great achievement for all involved.”



For further information contact Jamie Collis 01325 363436

Photo caption: Phase One of Milburngate in progress on the site on Durham’s Riverside


Editors’ Notes:

Durham Riverside Renewal

The development consortium consists of Arlington Real Estate and the Richardson family.

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’ ‘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 Arlington Real Estate

Arlington Real Estate is also delivering another flagship County Durham development, DurhamGate. Located five miles south of Durham City, DurhamGate is on the site of Black & Decker’s former UK headquarters and, at almost 100 acres, it is among the largest regeneration projects in the North East of England

About Richardson

Richardson is a private, family-owned and operated property business with over 70 years of real estate experience 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. More recently Richardson has continued to diversify by building an international growth capital portfolio across a range of sectors through a direct and co-investment programme.

About Tolent

Tolent started out in 1983 as a small business, and we’ve grown into one of the North East’s biggest construction companies, with regional bases all over the country. But our values have never changed.

Our values are traditional and simple: we look after our people, we take pride in our work and we get the job finished on time and on budget. From £5,000 projects to £90 million developments, our record speaks for itself: when we make a promise we deliver it.

Our fundamental goal is to make it easy and rewarding for clients to do business with us, regardless of the work category.

With over 70% of our turnover secured through repeat business, we have successfully demonstrated our ability to build relationships based upon trust, reliability and mutual collaboration. Our services extend beyond what is typically expected from a construction company, providing innovative solutions that help our clients to achieve their goals.

Our reputation continues to attract new customers and helps secure repeat business on a national level as we retain our presence across a wide range of sectors. Having a wide range of sectors and projects we can deliver at any one time helps to set us apart from our competitors.

We’re built on commitment.

Commitment to bringing your vision to life.

Commitment to our people.

And commitment to seeing the job through, every time.

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Phase One of Milburngate in progress on the site on Durham’s Riverside
Phase One of Milburngate in progress on the site on Durham’s Riverside
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