£12.4m boost from Esh projects in Sunderland

Seven Sunderland regeneration schemes have pumped £12.4m into Sunderland’s economy, according to new figures released.

Esh Construction’s work on Seven Sunderland City Council-led schemes has resulted in £12.4m being invested into Sunderland’s economy through responsible procurement of local suppliers and sub-contractors.  

Esh has won several competitive tenders to undertake works within the city, having been appointed to deliver – Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (SSTC3); the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP); Port of Sunderland; Greenwells Quay, the city’s new football hubs; Potter’s Hill and the Minster Quarter. The economic impact on these projects has been calculated based on the money spent with local suppliers and sub-contractors, who Esh has procured to work on the schemes to date.  

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, which has worked with Esh on projects worth an estimated £75m since 2018, said that the community would feel the benefits of the council’s investments for years to come.  

He said: “Community wealth building through commissioning that delivers opportunities for local people and businesses is something we committed to some time ago, and we’ve been absolutely steadfast in that commitment. 

“Working with partners like Esh, who share a commitment to sourcing locally wherever they can, has allowed us to maximise the local impact of our investment projects and their work with our communities, including a schools programme that will demonstrate to our young people the range of careers available to them in the city, will do much to raise aspirations in Sunderland too.  It’s a very fruitful partnership.” 

Sunderland residents make up 15 per cent of our workforce and we recently opened an office within the city. As one of North of England’s largest contractors, we believe procurement of local suppliers and sub-contractors is paramount in supporting our local communities. The seven schemes have delivered long term advantages for Sunderland, something council bosses have said is a key priority for them on all regeneration projects they lead. 


The importance of protecting the ‘local pound’ is paramount in the current climate - as a local contractor we strive to deliver economic benefit for our clients and their communities. Across these seven regeneration schemes, we have re-invested 16.5% of the total project spend back into Sunderland’s economy through responsibly procuring local suppliers and sub-contractors.”

Ross Markwell, Director of Business Development at Esh Construction