Durham Riverside Renewal

Vision to regenerate Durham City's Riverside to be unveiled

07/06/2012
NEWS RELEASE: ISSUED ON BEHALF OF DURHAM RIVERSIDE RENEWAL A vision to regenerate Durham City’s Riverside will be displayed at the first of two special exhibitions at Durham Town Hall in June. The Durham Riverside Renewal project aims to create a new mixed-use development of offices, homes, shops and restaurants, which will safeguard and create in excess of 2,500 jobs. Taking place on 29 June between 12:00pm and 8:00pm, the first exhibition in the Burlison Gallery at the Town Hall, will give the public the opportunity to view the first phase of Durham Riverside Renewal, the £27 million regeneration of Freeman’s Reach, on the east bank of the river, which will include replacing the dilapidated former ice rink. The public will also be able to visit www.durhamriversiderenewal.co.uk, which will provide information about the project. Following an announcement by the Homes and Communities Agency earlier this year, National Savings and Investments (NS&I) will relocate from Milburngate House into a new office on this brown-field site. The move will be part of the regeneration of Freeman’s Reach. This first phase will secure and create around 800 jobs for Durham City over the next three years. In addition to providing 8,000 square metres of high quality BREEAM* office space, Freeman’s Reach will feature a small riverside restaurant, café and kiosk provision, which will enhance the City Centre’s visitor experience, particularly for those arriving by coach heading for the City’s attractions and amenities. Utilising modern building design and construction techniques sympathetic to its neighbouring position to Durham City’s World Heritage Site, the project will create one of the most carbon-friendly City Centre developments in the UK. The new NS&I office, and the wider Freeman’s Reach development, will see the innovative use of sustainable energy solutions, including electricity generated on site through hydro-power. The introduction of an innovative water turbine electricity generator to the banks of the River Wear will produce enough electricity to power the NS&I office which will enable it to become virtually carbon neutral, with the remainder of the development becoming 75% carbon neutral in respect of energy use. The Freeman’s Reach water turbine will be housed in a new Energy Centre at the development, which links the site of an historic water mill to cutting edge renewable energy technology. The water turbine will become a feature of the development and will be visible to the public. The Freeman’s Reach development will be delivered by a consortium led by Carillion Developments, Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons Capital LLP. The consortium was awarded the project through a competitive tender process to identify the most imaginative and sustainable proposals for the redevelopment of Freeman’s Reach. Allan Cook, Managing Director of Arlington Real Estate, said: “I am so proud that we have been selected to bring forward this new phase of regeneration in Durham which will be sympathetic to the historic environment and architecture of the area as well as provide new amenities and enhance the local economy. “In addition to maintaining NS&I’s presence in Durham and securing and creating hundreds of jobs in the City, this project will also open up the Riverside to the public giving better access to Durham’s signature landmarks and amenities. “We are really looking forward to meeting with local people at our exhibition in the City to share our vision and ideas for the regeneration of the Riverside. It will be a great opportunity for us to share our passion for the City of Durham and show how we can help improve upon its already outstanding reputation as a historic, yet very forward looking city.” ENDS CONTACT: Jamie Collis on 01325 363436 Notes to Editors: * Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method About Durham Riverside Renewal Durham Riverside Renewal is a project to create a new mixed-use development of offices, homes, shops and restaurants, which will regenerate an important part of Durham City and safeguard and create in excess of 2,500 jobs over a six to eight year period. Located on both banks of the River Wear north of Milburngate Bridge, the project will see the transformation of Freeman’s Place on the east bank of the river (the site of the former ice rink building and associated land) and Framwellgate Waterside on the west bank (the site occupied by Milburngate House). A significant benefit of the project will be the enhancement of public access to Durham’s riverside and its important landmarks and amenities. The first phase of work involves the redevelopment of the 0.77 hectare former ice rink building and associated land, known as the Freeman’s Reach development; phase two will see the redevelopment of Milburngate House which occupies, a 2.3 hectare site on the west bank of the river. The Preferred Bidder for development of Freeman’s Reach on Durham City’s Riverside is a consortium, which includes Carillion Developments, Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons Capital LLP. The development project leader is Allan Cook, Managing Director of Arlington Real Estate. Allan is a North East based regeneration specialist and property developer. 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. Twitter: Facebook: Share back to Durham Riverside Renewal

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The existing building at Freeman’s Reach, which will be replaced by the first phase of the Durham Riverside Renewal
The existing building at Freeman’s Reach, which will be replaced by the first phase of the Durham Riverside Renewal
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