Durham Riverside Renewal

Milburngate to light up Durham City for third time as part of Lumiere


Milburngate has been announced as a major sponsor of the Lumiere Light Festival 2017 for the third successive time.

Lumiere is a biennial event which, between 16-19 November, will transform the historic city into a giant gallery featuring dramatic light installations attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors.

The Milburngate site, which is currently being developed into a brand new, £150m living, working and leisure destination will, once again, host one of Lumiere’s largest light installations, details of which will be unveiled later in the year.

The developers behind Milburngate, a consortium consisting of Carillion, Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons Capital LLP, are long-term supporters of Lumiere. In 2013 they helped transform Milburngate House on Framwelgate into a visual jukebox and two years later the site hosted Cloud, an installation made up of hundreds of individual lightblubs.

Allan Cook, Managing Director of Arlington Real Estate, who is also chair of the Lumiere development board, said: “We are delighted to continue to support this major cultural landmark, which has garnered world-wide attention and acclaim.”

“As well as being a visual feast, Lumiere now plays a key role in attracting many new UK and overseas visitors to Durham City and to the wider North East region with the resulting economic dividend that comes from that.”

Produced by arts charity Artichoke the UK’sleading creative producer of art in the public realm and commissioned by Durham County Council, with additional support from Arts Council England, Durham University and a host of further funders and supporters, the four-day festival will feature around 30 bespoke installations from internationally-acclaimed artists.

Sarah Coop, Development Director at Artichoke said: “Milburngate has been a key sponsor of Lumiere ever since we first came to Durham. Its developers’ continued support for the festival means we can house another significant installation at their riverside site, which can be viewed from a number of different points in the city. Now we can’t wait to release more details of their sponsorship in October, when the complete festival line up will be announced.”

In 2015, the festival attracted an estimated 200,000 visitors to Durham, making a regional economic impact calculated at £9.6million.



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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 market leading support services group focused on infrastructure and property services with a portfolio of Public Private Partnership projects, selective construction capabilities and a sector leading ability to deliver sustainable solutions. The Group had annual revenue in 2016 of some £5.2 billion, employs around 43,000 people and operates across the UK, in the Middle East and Canada.

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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Milburngate hosted light installation ‘Cloud’ created by artists Caitlind RC Brown and Wayne Garrett in 2015. Photo by Matthew Andrews
Milburngate hosted light installation ‘Cloud’ created by artists Caitlind RC Brown and Wayne Garrett in 2015. Photo by Matthew Andrews
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