NG Bailey’s Engineering division has been awarded a £2.4m contract in Durham.
The Yorkshire-based firm will design, supply and install all mechanical and electrical (M&E) services for Phase 1 at Freeman’s Reach, a development of offices and leisure facilities being built on Durham’s riverbank.
Working alongside the development consortium of Carillion Developments, Arlington Real Estate and Richardson Capital, and main contractor, Carillion Construction, NG Bailey will install heating and cooling distribution, low energy internal and external lighting, security systems, occupant-controlled ventilation and an integrated building management system.
The Freeman’s Reach development will be situated on the bank of the River Wear, where a former ice rink – once home to the Durham Wasps ice hockey team – used to stand.
It will be one of the UK’s most carbon-friendly developments and will include a water turbine to harness the power of the river and produce electricity for the development. Once complete it will achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.
NG Bailey will provide a fully integrated solution for the project and, as well as its Engineering division, will also utilise its Offsite Manufacture and IT Services divisions.
Its Offsite Manufacture division will create and deliver pre-fabricated plant room skids, mechanical and electrical risers and pipe work modules, while its IT Services division will supply and install all structured cabling at the development.
The Freeman’s Reach development is the first step towards realising a vision to regenerate Durham City’s whole riverside.
It will comprise of 8,000sq metres of high quality, eco-friendly offices, as well as a restaurant, café and kiosk aimed at tourists.
Neil McMillan, development director of Carillion Developments, said:
“NG Bailey has been involved in the project on a consultancy basis since design inception and has provided real added value in terms of technical innovation, marketplace costing and buildability advice.
“The scheme has financial constraints and technical challenges and the NG Bailey team has assisted in a positive way – their engineering and problem-solving ability has been impressive.”
Mike Darlington, managing director of NG Bailey’s Engineering division, said:
“Due to our unified approach, our divisions are able to work together seamlessly to drive efficiency and provide integrated solutions that deliver real value.
“We are excited to be involved in one of the most carbon-friendly city centre developments anywhere in the UK, which is part of a larger plan to completely redevelop the banks of the River Wear in Durham City.”