Durham Riverside Renewal

Milburngate developers rescue and restore Royal emblem for HM Passport Office


A Royal emblem, which adorned the outside of Milburngate House for nearly 50 years, has been recovered and presented to Her Majesty’s Passport Office.

The metre-high aluminium emblem, which was added to the Milburngate House to mark its completion in 1968, was rescued by lead contractor, Carillion, during the building’s demolition, ahead of the creation of a new mixed-use development on the site in Durham City.

Having restored the emblem, whilst retaining the patina attained over the past 50 years, and mounting it on a glass frame, the developers of Milburngate presented it to the building’s former tenant, HM Passport Office, to be displayed at the organisation’s new offices at Freemans Reach.

The development of the site, which will create a new £150m living, working and leisure destination, Milburngate, is part of a significant regeneration of Durham’s riverside.

The consortium has already successfully delivered the regeneration of Freemans Reach on the opposite bank of the River Wear, which created new, sustainable offices for HM Passport Office and National Savings and Investments (NS&I) helping to retain more than 1,000 jobs in the city. It was also the catalyst for the regeneration of the Milburngate House site.

Milburngate will feature an Everyman Cinema and a range of premium restaurants and bars including a Pitcher and Piano. The development will also include high-specification apartments and high-quality, energy-efficient office space.

Steve Hunter, Project Director at Carillion Building, said: “The royal emblem reflects HM Passport Office’s long association with Durham City and we’re delighted to have successfully recovered it so it can be displayed and enjoyed by future generations of HM Passport employees and visitors.”

Neil Maughan from HM Passport Office, said: “We’re very grateful to Carillion and the Milburngate developers for saving and restoring the emblem. It is an important part of our heritage, which will take pride of place in our new home at Freemans Reach.”



For further information contact Jamie Collis 01325 363436

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 2016 of £5.2 billion, employs around 48,500 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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Carillion’s Steve Hunter (left) and Neil Maughan from HM Passport Office (right) with the rescued emblem
Carillion’s Steve Hunter (left) and Neil Maughan from HM Passport Office (right) with the rescued emblem
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