Our region is growing and County Durham-based Esh Group is playing a part in that growth.
4th October 2017
The multidisciplinary construction firm is delivering new parts of the North East’s built environment, including infrastructure, commercial property, residential property and civic buildings. Esh’s range of skills plays an important part in bringing to life building projects that are shaping the North East.
Just look at its work in the education sector. The firm recently completed a £2.5m STEM centre at Northumberland College’s Ashington campus. It includes specialist clean room facilities, digital 3D imagery tools and chemicals labs. All will help the next generation of engineers, chemists and designers as they learn about science, technology, engineering and maths. And the region’s renowned higher education provision is growing, with help from Esh.
Northumbria University’s new £7m Computing and Information Sciences (CIS) building is taking shape through the work of Esh Build teams. The project includes photovoltaic roof tiles and energy efficient lighting to create sustainability.
Meanwhile the completed Cleveland College of Art and Design campus in Hartlepool welcomed its first students recently. Esh delivered the £6.6m build, which includes high-quality studio, workshop and teaching spaces. The building blends in perfectly with the creative environment – it’s fitted with photo-chromatic panels, meaning its exterior changes colour depending on the viewing angle.
In County Durham, Esh’s civil engineering teams have delivered the infrastructure that allows our region to attract international investment. By building new roads, Esh has played its part in opening up another 26 acres of development land at the North East Technology Park. And on Wearside Esh’s highways upgrades and utilities installations are helping to establish Hillthorn business park, which is home to car parts giant Vantec.
One of the pillars of this growth is the region’s water network, and a joint venture between Esh and its design partners MWH is doing important work to sustain it. Esh-MWH is one of five key delivery partners on Northumbrian Water’s multimillion-pound AMP6 framework. It means the team plays a part in upgrading Northumbrian Water’s vast water and wastewater network. Esh-MWH work includes everything from major capital projects to alleviate flooding through to routine maintenance of drainage systems.
The joint venture recently won four categories in Northumbrian Water’s Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Awards which recognise outstanding work.
New homes are also supporting North East growth and Esh recently become one of the Homes and Communities Agencies delivery partners on an £8bn panel that will see hundreds of properties built across the region. It means Esh can bid for contracts to create new-build housing on public sector land. This includes affordable housing, rental properties, starter homes, care homes and properties that will be for sale on the open market.
Working with the North East supply chain is important to sustain growth. Esh’s work on a multimillion-pound base for emergency services in Middlesbrough provided the opportunity to do just that. Esh used around 100 tonnes of Teesside steel – along with an additional 140 tonnes from other British sites – in the construction of the Community Safety Hub at Hemlington.
It’s these public and private sector projects that continue to drive the region forward, and Esh is proud to work alongside its partners on their delivery.