Durham Riverside Renewal

War memorial finds new home at Freeman's Reach


A Durham City war memorial has been installed in its new home at Freeman’s Reach.

Originally located within the offices of National Savings and Investments (NS&I) at Milburngate House, the memorial, which remembers those who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars, has been transferred to Freeman’s Reach ahead of the organisation moving into the development next year.

To mark the setting of the memorial stone at Freeman’s Reach, a re-dedication ceremony was held, led by Annette Sharp, the Methodist Deacon who serves in the Durham and Deerness Methodist Circuit, which includes the city centre Methodist Churches of Elvet, North Road and Framwellgate Moor.

Attending the re-dedication were representatives from NS&I and the Freeman’s Reach developers, which is a partnership between Carillion Developments, part of Carillion, Arlington Real Estate and Richardsons Capital LLP. 

They were joined by representatives from Her Majesty’s Passport Office, which will also be based at Freeman’s Reach and the development’s main contractor, Carillion.

The military were represented at the re-dedication by Major Donald McDonald on behalf of the Durham Light Infantry Association.

Helen Hawkley, Assistant Director of Commercial Assurance at National Savings and Investments, said: “It was important to ensure that the war memorial was preserved as part of the relocation of our operations across the river to Freeman’s Reach.  We are grateful to the developers for creating an appropriate new home for the memorial and to Deacon Sharp for performing the re-dedication ceremony.”

Ian Beaumont, Project Director of the Freeman’s Reach Development, said: “It is fitting that the memorial has been installed into its new home at Freeman’s Reach in the centenary year of the start of the First World War.  The memorial, like many others across the world, offers a constant reminder of the sacrifice made by so many people during conflict.”



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Editor’s Notes:

About Freeman’s Reach

The development consortium for the Freeman’s Reach project is consists of Carillion Developments, part of Carillion plc, and Arlington Real Estate, supported by Richardsons Capital LLP. The project is funded by Legal & General. 

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.

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

Carillion is a leading integrated support services company with a substantial portfolio of Public Private Partnership projects and extensive construction capabilities.  The Group had annual revenue in 2013 of some £4.1 billion, employs around 40,000 people and operates across the UK, in the Middle East and Canada. 

Carillion is a member of the FTSE4Good Index and in 2013 the Group was awarded Platinum Big Tick status in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index. It has also achieved a position on the 2013 FTSE 350 Climate Performance Leadership Index and the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index, placing it within the top ten UK companies with regard to actions to mitigate climate change.

The Group has four business segments:

Support services – this includes facilities management, facilities services, energy services, utility services, road maintenance, rail services and consultancy businesses 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.

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

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Left to right, Helen Attley (Freeman’s Reach Development), Deacon Annette Sharp, Steve Gray (NS&I) and Major Donald McDonald (Durham Light Infantry Association) in front of the newly-installed war memorial
Left to right, Helen Attley (Freeman’s Reach Development), Deacon Annette Sharp, Steve Gray (NS&I) and Major Donald McDonald (Durham Light Infantry Association) in front of the newly-installed war memorial
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