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CIS Building


CIS Building - £5.8m

Crowned as Newcastle's Best New Building at the Lord Mayor's Design Awards, Esh Build delivered the state-of-the-art Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) Building providing a new world leading research and teaching facility.

The design of the building offers open plan teaching environments and a flexible floor plan, with the innovative layout proving highly successful with staff, students and campus services.

Following the demolition of existing teaching facility, Rutherford Hall, CIS Building forms an extension to the existing Ellison Building Block B.

With extensive use of innovative high thermal efficiency, glare reducing glazing and perforated punch hold panelled external screen, the building maximises natural light whilst reducing solar glare and maintaining visibility.

The floor plans have been designed to allow maximum flexibility and adaptability of lab and seminar spaces, including moveable acoustic walls to allow different configurations for changing cohort sizes.

The adjoining Ellison Building was refurbished to provide a new internal layout comprising offices, meeting rooms and study spaces and a new glazed link and bridge constructed through the existing gable wall.

The building was fully decorated, fitted with new lighting and floor coverings that replicate the look of the CIS Building. Externally the area was landscaped to match the existing surroundings.

Community Fire Station


Community Fire Station - £2.3m

The scheme comprised the relocation of the existing station to a new site within the grounds of Hexham General Hospital, following the previous facility located at Tyne Mills Industrial Estate being deemed as no longer fit for purpose.

The project involved the completion of alterations and an extension to a former hospital building, with the new facility able to house two fire appliances and a specialist Swift Water Rescue Unit.

The facility provides a new three-storey training tower and training yard to enable training for various situations. The station was designed to be similar to other fire and rescue stations across the country.

The Tetley Headquarters


The Tetley Headquarters - £1.1m

The scheme comprised the refurbishment of the ground, first and second floor, providing new gallery areas, restaurant, bar and kitchen area.

Works included; new internal and external entrances, removal of interior walls, electrical upgrades, fire alarm installation and lift installation.

Externally, a decking area was created and a service yard with perimeter fencing.

Leeds College of Music


Leeds College of Music - £1m

An eye-catching extension was constructed to the roof of the Leeds College of Music Building.

The extension provides the existing concert venue with breakout space, a new lounge bar, dedicated catering areas and state-of-the-art technical equipment.

Babworth Crematorium


Babworth Crematorium - £2.7m

The new crematorium at Babworth offers state of the art facilities within landscaped gardens. The building has been designed to reflect the local character and to blend in with its rural surroundings.

The single-storey building consists of a 98-seat chapel, a waiting room, public toilets including accessible toilet, administrative offices, staff welfare facilities and crematory.

To the front of the building is a car park for 76 cars while to the rear is a small service yard and staff parking. Upon leaving the crematorium, footpaths lead to a floral tribute canopy and landscaped gardens which include a scattering lawn and a memorial area.

Newcastle Airport Terminal Extension


Newcastle Airport Terminal Extension - £2.9m

An extension to the airport passenger terminal was completed in two phases. One of the leading regional airports, Newcastle International Airport Limited identified a need to increase capacity within the UK Border Force immigration area and departure gates as part of the future development plan.

Phase 1 comprised the extension of the UK Border Force immigration hall and the remodelling of the customer queuing approach on Level 1.

Phase 2 involved the extension of the Gate 31 lounge on Level 0, providing an additional 110m2 of floor space. The development also included the relocation of offices, meeting rooms and interview accommodation.

Sunderland Football Hubs


Sunderland Football Hubs - £18m

Delivered on behalf of Sunderland City Council, the Sunderland Football Hubs development comprised the creation of state-of-the-art pavilions and 10 full-size third generation (3G) artificial grass football pitches.

Externally, car parking and drop off facilities were created.

Working across 3 different locations, the sites were based at Community North Sports Complex (Downhill), Ford Quarry and Northern Area Playing Fields (Washington).

The design of the pavilions differs across the sites however each include reception and office space, kitchen and café bar, social space for community and club events, and changing room facilities.

Downhill Football Hub includes a fitness centre fully equipped with gym equipment and a studio area for group classes.

Funded by the Premier League, The FA, the Government via Sport England and Sunderland City Council with the charity the Football Foundation, it is the first project of its kind in the region.

Cookridge Extra Care Development


Cookridge Extra Care Development - £9.5m

The scheme consists of the conversion of the former Cookridge Hospital Ida Wing into 6 apartments and the construction of a new three-storey building to provide 58 apartments which provide housing and extra care for residents.

The Ida Wing conversion includes a salon, café, laundry room, buggy store with charging points, care and support facilities, guest bedroom and office facilities for housing management staff.

The site is located at the heart of the Cookridge Hospital site and comprises the Grade II listed Ida Wing and land which was previously occupied by a nurse’s accommodation block and had previously been demolished.

The split-level design creates a large and level courtyard amenity space between the new and existing building. The large central courtyard will include landscaping with paths, raised planting beds, ornamental planting and seating spaces.

All of the 64 apartments have been designed in line with the University of Stirling’s Design Criteria for Dementia Care and provide ongoing care and support services for the elderly, enabling residents to maintain their independence and quality of life whilst living in their own home.

The aim of the facility is to bridge the gap between ordinary sheltered housing and residential care.



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.

Orion Building


Orion Building - £2.3m

The scheme comprised the construction of a three-storey extension and internal refurbishment works to the Orion Building, part of Teesside University's School of Science and Technology.

The project included the construction of a soundproof room and all associated external works.

Discovery Museum


Discovery Museum - £426k

Works were undertaken at the Grade II listed Discovery Museum to facilitate the display of Robert Stephenson's Locomotive Rocket as part of the Great Exhibition of the North.

Works included the removal and replacement of the existing entrance and the installation of a new podium to display Rocket and larger exhibits in the future.

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.

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.

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