Durham Riverside Renewal

Milburngate developers create new memorial daffodil display in Wharton Park


The developers of Milburngate have teamed up with Durham County Council and Her Majesty’s Passport Office to create a new memorial daffodil display in Durham.

The 500 daffodils will appear in Wharton Park replacing flowers that were originally planted in 2003 in the grounds of Milburngate House by HM Passport Office employees to remember lost loved ones.

Following the organisation’s move to Freemans Reach, on the opposite side of the River Wear, in 2016, and with its old offices currently being demolished to be replaced with the Milburngate development, a new location was required for the ‘Marie Curie Field of Hope’ memorial.

The Milburngate team has donated the bulbs and has worked with rangers from Durham County Council to plant them in the park, at the North Road entrance next to the ‘Albert the Good’ statue, ready for the daffodils to bloom in the spring.

Milburngate is a landmark development that will feature a mix of luxury apartments, high quality offices, a boutique Everyman cinema and premium restaurants and bars. Leading to the creation of more than 1,000 new jobs, Milburngate is being developed by Carillion, Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons Capital LLP.

Helen Attley from the Milburngate development, said: “We are proud to be able to create this new memorial display with Durham County Council. It will be a fitting memorial to the loved ones of HM Passport Office staff and a beautiful addition to Wharton Park for local residents and visitors.”

Ann White from HM Passport Office, said: “This is a lovely gesture by the developers of Milburngate and we would also like to thank Durham County Council for their support with the creation of this new memorial. The daffodils outside our old offices were important to our staff so it’s really nice they have somewhere to go and enjoy the flowers and remember their loved ones.”

Cabinet Member for regeneration and local services, Councillor Neil Foster, said: “We were delighted to offer the Marie Curie Field of Hope memorial a new home at Wharton Park. These flowers have special significance for those who planted them and we hope that they continue to provide comfort for those staff members, while brightening the days of the many visitors and local people who come to enjoy the recently regenerated park with its new landscaping and facilities.”



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Editor’s Notes:

Durham Riverside Renewal

The development consortium consists of Carillion, Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons Capital LLP.

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.

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 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 plc

Carillion is a leading integrated support services company with a substantial portfolio of Public Private Partnership projects, extensive construction capabilities and a sector leading ability to deliver sustainable solutions. The Group had annual revenue in 2015 of some £4.6 billion, employs around 46,000 people and operates across the UK, in the Middle East and Canada.

The Group has four business segments:

Support services – this includes facilities management, facilities services, energy services, utilities services, road maintenance, rail services, remote site accommodation services and consultancy services 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 in the UK and Canada.

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

About Richardsons Capital

Richardsons Capital is a private, family-owned and operated property business formed over sixty years ago and headquartered in the West Midlands. The company is primarily focused on property development and investment 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.

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Left to right – Helen Attley (Milburngate), Cllr Neil Foster (centre) and Ann White (HM Passport Office)
Left to right – Helen Attley (Milburngate), Cllr Neil Foster (centre) and Ann White (HM Passport Office)
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