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Algernon Firth Building


Algernon Firth Building - £3.2m

The Grade II listed former Institute of Pathology was converted to create 84 student bedrooms with communal living spaces and 28 self-contained studios with mezzanine decks.

The conversion also included the creation of a gym, laundry facility and private garden. The site is perfectly located within Leeds city centre and within close proximity to the campus, making it a desirable location for students.

The interior was transformed into modern apartments packed full of character.

The apartments have been designed to provide a stylish place to live and include contemporary communal kitchens, en-suite shower rooms and study areas.

The interior design finishes were carefully considered to compliment the original features of the building.

General repair works and cleaning were undertaken to the exterior to enhance the architectural design.

The terrazzo in the lobby and staircase was carefully cleaned and restored and the external herringbone patterned brickwork cleaned and restored across the building.

The building was originally constructed in 1933 following a large donation from Sir Algernon Firth whom the building was also named after.

The building closed in 2009 following the Institute of Pathology moving into new accommodation. The building remained empty until 2012 when works began to convert the building into luxury student apartments.



Ironworks - £12.3m

Located within the popular Holbeck Urban Village in Leeds, Ironworks is a development of 68 energy efficient homes comprising 53 one, two and three-bedroom apartments and 15 two and three-bedroom townhouses.

The design references the historical mill and forge structures that previously occupied the site.

The properties are arranged around a private landscaped garden and courtyard which hides car parking beneath.

The design of the public realm creates an attractive amenity space, with landscaping being complemented by ornamental planting and allotment planting areas for residents to grow their own vegetables.

The development aims to continue its regeneration as a destination for living and leisure.

Great Glen Crematorium


Great Glen Crematorium - £2.7m

The project delivered a purpose-built crematorium and cemetery. The building accommodates a waiting area, chapel, administration area, interview room, office, ministers' room and store.

Wathgill Roofing


Wathgill Roofing - £657k

The scheme comprised the re-roofing of the Junior Ranks Mess and 2 accommodation blocks at Wathgill Camp, a firm base for the training of military and cadets.

Bowburn Primary School


Bowburn Primary School - £7.4m

On behalf of Durham County Council, Esh Build has been appointed to construct a new primary school on the site of the existing Bowburn Junior School.

The modern, two-storey building is designed to maximise light and volume within its classroom facilities and will include external learning spaces, outdoor play equipment, car parking and drop off/pick up zones.

The existing junior school will remain fully operational whilst the new building is under construction, with demolition taking place once the building is fully vacated.

The first-class learning facility is required due to a shortfall in pupil spaces in the area and comprises of a 540-place primary school and 70-place nursery.

Steenberg’s Yard


Steenberg’s Yard - £8.4m

Steenberg’s Yard is a development of 28 two and three-bedroom apartments which will be situated above 4 commercial units.

Located in the lower part of Ouseburn Valley, the housing is aimed at people who want to live within a creative community.

The Ouseburn Valley has gained a reputation over the last 30 years for being home to artists, makers and creative businesses, transforming a derelict post-industrial landscape into a vibrant cultured location in the city.

The apartments will benefit from outdoor terraces and views across the Ouseburn River.

Lionheart Community Fire Station


Lionheart Community Fire Station - £5.3m

The state-of-the-art fire station and expanded council depot were constructed on the outskirts of Alnwick. The new fire station replaces the outdated station on South Road with an improved, cost efficient and purpose-built facility.

The land adjacent the Lionheart Depot in Alnwick provided the ideal location for a new station.

The benefits of the new station include improved community services, service delivery and modern facilities. Following a simplistic design, the station combines three different blocks which includes housing accommodation, appliance bays, office, gym, command centre and reception.

The training tower is 3 three storeys in height and provides a modern and up to date training facility which can simulate a number of different situations. The existing car parking provision was refurbished, providing 126 parking spaces for staff and visitors.

The existing council storage and workshops on the site were retained and modified and a new storage area created. The mezzanine level was removed to allow the facility to be reconfigured as a vehicle workshop and MOT area and the first floor refurbished to provide modern office space.

In addition, a new hardstanding area for Council Vehicles with refuelling facilities and storage were also constructed.

STEM Skills Centre


STEM Skills Centre - £7.2m

The project comprised the construction of a three-storey, steel-framed STEM Skills Centre, a Multi-Use Games Area and Heartspace landscaping area. External works included a logistics yard, service access road and hard and soft landscaping.

The site of the STEM Skills Centre is located on the reclaimed Middlehaven Dock. The project was completed in three phases. Phase 1 was the construction of the floodlit Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and all associated equipment, external works and drainage.

Phase 2 involved the design and construction of the externals and the Heartspace landscaping area between the STEM Skills Centre and the existing college.

The Heartspace is designed to be a college green with outdoor seating, amphitheatre seating, exercise trail with outdoor gym equipment, footpaths, external lighting and soft landscaping.

Due to the lands low ecological value, we planted native species to increase the diversity of vegetation to the benefit of animals and nesting birds.

Phase 3 saw the construction of the STEM Skills Centre. The building combines classroom space with workshop, production and manufacturing areas, ICT Suites, cafe and break out areas.

The benches to the front of the College represent the different bridges around the country and an art representing the planets was also installed.

The Northern School of Art


The Northern School of Art - £6.7m

The college building was constructed in the centre of Hartlepool, providing purpose-built teaching accommodation to replace the Church Square campus which was initially built during the 1960s.

The three-storey building houses a bespoke workshop and studio facilities, whilst a 600msq building was also constructed which houses a lecture theatre, café and studio space.

The existing office building was retained and refurbished, and a link corridor created to the new building. The site included new car parking facility with 104 spaces, as well as outside seating an Amphitheatre.

Benfield Ford Showroom


Benfield Ford Showroom - £2.8m

The project involved the construction of a new access road, state-of-the-art showroom, workshop and site forecourt which houses over 80 cars.

Initial works provided a temporary showroom, valet bays, sales area and 10-bay workshop to enable trading to continue whilst the permanent showroom was constructed.

Horbury St. Peter’s School


Horbury St. Peter’s School - £1.1m

A two-storey extension was constructed to include 4 new classrooms, a larger learning resource area, toilet block and store room.

The additional classrooms were required to meet demand for primary school additional places in the area.

The scheme included; whole building decorating, creation of new roof lights and installation of fire alarms and intruder alarms.

North Moor House


North Moor House - £5.7m

North Moor House is located North of the market town, Northallerton.

The development will see the creation of a new central Community Mental Health Team base, which will provide both staff accommodation and clinical facilities for specialist community mental health services.

The hub will be accessed via the construction of a new road which directly junctions the Northallerton Link Road.

With a three, two and one step down design, the building aims for a contemporary 21st century interpretation and has been developed through consultation with service users, carers and clinical staff to become a ‘landmark building’.

National Conservation Centre


National Conservation Centre - £5.5m

The scheme transformed the derelict Engine Shed into a world leading education centre for building conservation.

The building contains a learning and visitor centre, along with a purpose-built 3D theatre.

Whilst retaining much of its original fabric and character, the existing building was extended to the East and the West with modern timber frame extensions.

The East extension provides office space, design studios and laboratories. The West extension includes a reception area, entrance and further teaching and seminar spaces.

To preserve the centre's heritage, the original windows were removed, refurbished and re-installed. The original roof was stripped back, cleaned and the slate dressed for re-instatement.

Burchester Court


Burchester Court - £7.1m

Burchester Court is a three-storey building comprising 60 new one and two-bedroom extra care apartments, all with accessible and open plan living space and substantial bedrooms. Each apartment boasts a private front door, a contemporary kitchen and a stylish bathroom wet floor with decorative level access shower area. A full height window in the main living area forms the ‘heart’ of the apartment – an ideal space for connecting with family and friends.

Delivered by Esh’s commercial build division, the accommodation provides an independent living option for local residents aged over-55 who have care and support needs, or those who may have them in the future.

To encourage community interaction and reduce isolation, there is 24-hour onsite care, the Garden City café, a hair and beauty salon, lounges and gardens for socialising, as well as a guest suite for family or friends to stay overnight.

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