Tolent breaks ground at Milburngate development in Durham City, UK

WCN Editorial Team 12 Jul 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK Construction company Tolent had broken ground at the Milburngate development in Durham City, after a two year demolition and site remediation programme.

Phase one of Milburngate includes construction of 70% of the entire Milburngate development, which will include several leisure operators including boutique cinema company Everyman, restaurant brands Bar + Block and Miller and Carter, as well as a 92-bed flagship Premier Inn hotel.

Besides its premium leisure facilities, Milburngate will also include 5,000m² of speculatively built Grade A offices, which will offer space for more than 400 new jobs and 153 built-to-rent apartments. 

The construction will also include a new frontage onto the riverside and attractive public realm spaces with views of the historic city.

Tolent CEO Andy Mcleod said: “The construction team are now on site and we are delighted to be starting this fantastic project.

“A project of this size and significance comes with a responsibility to deliver the highest quality of construction outputs but it also comes with a responsibility to support and work with the local community and ensure we leave a lasting legacy that everyone is proud of and one that hopefully inspires future generations.”

This first phase of the project is being supported by £120m funding commitment from LaSalle Investment Management.

This project is being delivered as a joint venture of Arlington Real Estate and the Richardson family, who have delivered several strategically important projects across the region, including Freemans Reach in Durham City centre.

Arlington Real Estate managing director Allan Cook said: “This is a major milestone in the regeneration of Durham’s riverside and future economic and social prosperity of the city.

“We are very proud to have broken ground at Milburngate and embark on a build programme that will create a regionally significant location that will attract people to Durham City, while creating and retaining important jobs.”

Durham County Council Leader Councillor Simon Henig said: “Milburngate is one of a number of key developments across the city, which includes the recently opened Riverwalk development, Durham University’s £1bn investment plans and the planned re-development of the Aykley Heads site, which will significantly boost the city and wider county’s economy.

“It is important we do everything we can to attract new investors to the county. There is so much to celebrate in Durham right now, and we are seeing significant investment right across the county, including a £75m development at Jade Enterprise Park in East Durham, our recent £271m expansion of NETPark in Sedgefield, a £115m development at Integra 61 at Bowburn and our £153m expansion of Aycliffe Business Park, home to the Hitachi rail facility.”

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Image: Tolent, Arlington and Durham County Council officials break ground along with children at the site. Photo: Courtesy of Tolent Construction Limited.

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