Groundworks start on DurhamGate scheme

Posted on by John Cronin

A former factory in Durham on the site of a planned mixed-use scheme is now being demolished.

Unwanted buildings that were once part of a Black & Decker tools factory are now being demolished to make way for the £200m Durham Gate (also known as DurhamGate) development in Spennymoor, County Durham. The 60 acre brownfield site is being redeveloped as a mixed-use scheme (pictured) that will include approximately 440,000 sq ft of energy-efficient, high quality office space. The scheme is a joint venture between Carillion Development and Hartlepool property investor Arlington Financial.

The backers are offering either buy or lease-only deals on a selection of proposed buildings offering a range of floor spaces from 15,000 sq ft up to 100,000 sq ft. Land sale opportunities also exist for organisations looking to build their own offices within the development.

One deal has already been secured with Sedgefield Borough Homes, a leading social housing provider, agreeing to relocate around 170 staff to new office accommodation within the scheme. Their new, purpose-built headquarters are expected to be completed by the end of 2011.

The local Spennymore News website reports that planning permission for the scheme was granted in March 2009.  Allan Cook, director at Arlington said at that time: “I am very excited that we can now move on with seeing our initial vision for the site as a regional business location become a reality”.

The current demolition works are scheduled for completion by the end of the year. Progress of the development is also being made public on twitter.

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