Esh proud of excellence in sustainable construction

New crematorium in Stockton includes extensive Social Value package.

Esh Build, the commercial build division of Esh Construction, has completed the construction of a new crematorium in Stockton.

The £5.8m facility, which began in June 2018, consists of two chapels, a separate office building and accommodation for staff and registrars, all located within an extensive landscaped area. The scheme is sustainably designed with heat from the crematorium recirculated to provide hot water across the site.

The project comes off the back of Stockton having a growing population, which currently sits at around 190,000 but is expected to grow by 20,000 people by 2033.

Chris Old, Project Manager at Esh Build, said: “This scheme was a real a success; our client knew what they wanted from the outset and took a hands-on approach. Regular meetings between the site team, our client and the community helped to deliver an end product we are all proud of.”

This is the fifth crematorium Esh has delivered in the last two years, following schemes in Nottinghamshire, Leicester and Sheffield and the latest scheme to be delivered in the Tees Valley region, procured via the NEPO framework.

An extensive Social Value package was delivered in conjunction with Stockton’s Council project team, which included delivery of employability skills to 1,000 students in six local secondary schools, STEM skills in primary schools, work experience for residents and material donation to local social enterprises.

This is the latest commercial build scheme delivered by the Durham based contractor who has delivered several projects in the Tees’ Valley including Cleveland Police’s Community Safety Hub in Hemlington, Middlesbrough College’s STEM Centre and BOHO Five; built specifically to support new and growing digital and creative companies in the town’s digital quarter.

Esh has worked extremely hard to get the works completed to a very high standard which we are all more than happy with, and it’s been a pleasure working with you and your whole team. Despite very tight tolerances, the finished building is a credit to everyone and shows up the time and effort that has gone in by all parties.”

Mike Smith, at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council