Durham Riverside Renewal

Waddington Street Centre to receive makeover thanks to Milburngate

15/06/2020

15/6/20

The developers of Milburngate and North East construction company Tolent have joined forces to help Durham mental health charity, the Waddington Street Centre, with a building makeover, in preparation for reopening after COVID restrictions are lifted.

With the help of a generous donation, the project will involve redecorating the main communal areas of the centre, helping to provide a refreshed environment that promotes positive mental health for members when they begin to return.

Waddington Street Centre is a small independent mental health resource centre with almost 40 years’ experience offering a wide range of informal educational activities and support services based on individual needs and aspirations.

Among the services offered by Waddington Street Centre are arts, crafts, writing and music workshops, as well as yearly exhibitions and performances, all of which are designed to help members improve their mental health and socially connect with each other.

It also has a partnership with New College Durham, running courses to help members develop soft skills to help them with their recovery.

Waddington Street Centre is within a mile from the landmark Milburngate development, which is being delivered by a joint venture partnership between Arlington Real Estate and Richardson, supported by a £120 million forward funding commitment from LaSalle Investment Management.

The site, currently under construction, is situated on the banks of the River Wear in the heart of Durham City. Phase One of Milburngate will feature a mix of premium leisure operators, such as Everyman Cinema and Miller & Carter, as well as 153 built-to-rent apartments, a high specification office building and a 92-bed Premier Inn hotel.

Steve Wakefield, assistant manager at Waddington Street Centre, said: “We’re really grateful for the support from Milburngate and Tolent. We want to provide an environment which makes people feel valued and fosters positive mental health. For many of our members, our centre is a haven from the stresses of home, illnesses and the wider community.

“Lockdown has been difficult for many of our members who are socially isolated. Due to the pandemic more people than ever are struggling with their mental health and we expect to see an increase in referrals. We look forward to rebuilding our service and the centre’s fresh new look will be a wonderful gift for our members.”

Allan Cook, managing director of Arlington Real Estate, said: “After hearing about the great work that the Waddington Street Centre does for the people of Durham, and in light of its proximity to Milburngate, I was keen to help during what is a particularly difficult time for local charities.

The building has lots of character and I am sure our team will help create a new welcoming environment for the centre’s members to benefit from its services and the excellent support it provides.

I hope that once it can reopen, the members of Waddington Street Centre will enjoy the space and the new look of the service.”

Andy McLeod, CEO of Tolent, said: "We're always looking for ways to enrich the communities we work in, to bring a greater social value to our developments.

“We can all appreciate the impact the ongoing global pandemic is having on the most vulnerable within our communities and I'm delighted that this fantastic centre will be able to maximise this donation to ensure its members can look forward to its much needed reopening.”

Once fully reopened, Waddington Street Centre operates Monday to Saturday and one Sunday per month, as well as four evenings per week. For more information, please visit: https://www.waddingtoncentre.co.uk/.

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Photo caption: Left to right – Tolent project director Michael Rutherford, centre assistant manager Steve Wakefield, with the centre’s Golden Retriever ‘Waddington’, and Arlington Real Estate managing director Allan Cook at the Waddington Street Centre

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Durham Riverside Renewal

The development consortium consists of Arlington Real Estate and Richardson.

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’ ‘Best Places to Live’:

“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 Richardson

Richardson is a multi-generation family business with over half a century of real estate experience in the UK and overseas. Working across all sectors, they have developed well in excess of seven million square feet of property. Recent projects include Nickel, junction 28 off the M1, a new spec build 261,000 sq ft warehouse, Western 105, Avonmouth, a new spec build 105,500 sq ft warehouse, Freemans Reach, a 110,000 sq ft office development in Durham, Lincoln Gateway, a £28m, 519 bed student accommodation scheme. More recently the family has continued to expand its operations by building an international growth capital portfolio across a range of sectors through a direct and co-investment programme.

About Tolent

Tolent was formed in Tyneside in 1983. Since then we have amassed a huge variety of projects encompassing all types of building and civil engineering work in the public and private sectors.

One of Tolent’s greatest strengths is its versatility which enables us to deliver efficiency and excellence in projects of all sizes, whether they’re repair works valued at £5,000 or a £100 million contract for a flagship development. 

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Left to right – Tolent project director Michael Rutherford, centre assistant manager Steve Wakefield, with the centre’s Golden Retriever ‘Waddington’, and Arlington Real Estate managing director Allan Cook at the Waddington Street Centre
Left to right – Tolent project director Michael Rutherford, centre assistant manager Steve Wakefield, with the centre’s Golden Retriever ‘Waddington’, and Arlington Real Estate managing director Allan Cook at the Waddington Street Centre
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