Durham Riverside Renewal

Milburngate office development certified to be one of the UK’s best for internet connectivity



Plans to futureproof the first phase of office development at Milburngate, by ensuring it provides the highest level of digital infrastructure, have been endorsed by an international technology standard, which tracks the quality of broadband and telecoms infrastructure in major commercial property developments.

The soon-to-be-built speculative office building at the heart of the historic city of Durham has become Wired Certified Gold by New York-based WiredScore.

As a Wired Certified Gold project, the 5,000 square metre Milburngate office building’s design and construction will support ‘best in class’ internet infrastructure and superior internet connectivity with a high-level of resilience.

WiredScore, which was founded in 2013 in the United States, was launched to improve New York’s technology infrastructure and support entrepreneurial businesses that were driving technological advances and creating jobs.

Two years later WiredScore established itself in the UK, becoming the official Mayor of London Digital Connectivity Rating Scheme. Since then WiredScore has expanded, not only across the UK outside of London, but into other areas of Europe including France, Ireland and Germany.

The Milburngate office building, which will create capacity for more than 400 new jobs in Durham City, is part of the Phase One development of the riverside location that will also include a mix of nationally recognised, premium leisure operators and 153 built-to-rent, high-quality apartments.

Milburngate is being delivered in joint venture by the Arlington Richardson Development Partnership, which secured the £120 million forward-funding commitment from LaSalle Investment Management for the construction of the first phase that begins later in the spring.

Allan Cook, Managing Director of Durham-based Arlington Real Estate, part of the Arlington Richardson Development Partnership, said: “Milburngate is part of the long-term economic prosperity of Durham City and this certification highlights our ambition to attract high-calibre office tenants that can create employment and thrive in the city.”

Ben Holmes, on behalf of the Richardson family, said: “High-quality internet is one of the main factors for tenants considering office space requirements along with location. Milburngate’s position at the heart of the historic city of Durham speaks for itself and now, with this certification, prospective tenants have the connectivity information they need when making their office decisions.”

In a letter to the developers William Newton, President, WiredScore, said: “This is a tremendous achievement and we commend the developers’ commitment to keeping the building at the cutting edge of technology. Achieving Wired Certified Gold demonstrates their dedication to meeting and exceeding their future tenants’ connectivity requirements to the highest calibre of technological superiority.”



For further information contact Jamie Collis 01325 363436

Photo caption: Milburngate will have ‘best in class’ internet connectivity, according to WiredScore


Editor’s 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 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 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 the Richardson family

The Richardson family is a private, family-owned and operated property business with over half a century 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 the family has continued to diversify by building an international growth capital portfolio across a range of sectors through a direct and co-investment programme. 

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Milburngate will have ‘best in class’ internet connectivity, according to WiredScore
Milburngate will have ‘best in class’ internet connectivity, according to WiredScore
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