Milburngate House, Durham

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Site of milburn gate house after demolition

Milburngate House, Durham

VALUE: £10m



Milburngate House, was, up until 2016, used as an HM Government Passport Office. It included a basement in the northeast of the building (c.3m deep). The building was constructed in the 1960s on the site of an old gas works in the north and an old residential site in the south. It was situated right beside the busy city centre shopping area Durham and its immediate neighbour was a very popular riverside hotel.

In 2016 Thompsons were appointed by Carillion Plc to conduct full site asbestos removal and demolition of all above ground structures, breaking up and recycling of roadways, slabs, pile caps and selected retaining walls, remediation of known hydrocarbon contamination, and creation of development platform for the subsequent construction phase of mixed use residential, retail, leisure and commercial development by the site owners, at Milburngate House, Durham.

Thompsons of Prudhoe Ltd were contracted as the Contractor to undertake the following scope of works;

  • Asbestos Removals
  • Demolition of all Structures
  • Breaking out of Slabs
  • Identification of Ground Water Levels/Implement Diversions
  • Reduced Level Excavations
  • Containment and Treatment of Contaminated Land
  • Creation of an Engineered Development Platform

In January 2018, our immediate client (Carillion) went into liquidation with the project being put on hold. Thompsons proactively engaged with the relevant shareholders, resulting in Thompsons being appointed as the Principal Contractor. The Site reopened within 2 days of Thompsons being appointed Principal Contractor. Thompsons took on additional scope including;

  • Provision of Welfare, Security & Discharge Planning Conditions
  • Provision of Sheet Piling works
  • Construction of a new Permanent Car Park
  • Construction of a new Electricity Substation

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