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FaulknerBrowns reveals £23m Durham hydro-powered development

North-east based FaulknerBrowns Architects has revealed images of a hydro-powered office development on the bank of the River Wear in Durham

The £23million masterplan includes 8,000m2 of office space for National Savings & Investments (NS&I), a restaurant, visitor centre and a public square.

Electricity at the Durham city centre site will be provided by a hydro-turbine powered from the adjacent River Wear. The turbine will generate more than 75 per cent of its energy needs.

The scheme, which is currently on site, is expected to complete in 2015.

FaulknerBrowns' Freemans Reach

Project data

Location Durham  
Type of project masterplan
Architect FaulknerBrowns Architects 
Employers agent IMB Management
Structural engineer WSP
M&E engineer WSP
Civil engineer WSP
Landscape architect CBA
Quantity surveyor EC Harris
Letting agents Jones Lang LaSalle
Main contractor Carillion
Funding Legal and General
Start date mid-2013
Completion date 2015
Total cost £23million
Specific environmental targets BREEAM Excellent and EPC A

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