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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.

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.

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.

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.



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.

Cookridge Extra Care Development


Cookridge Extra Care Development - £9.5m

On behalf of Housing 21, Cookridge Extra Care Development comprised the construction of a three-storey apartment building, a single-storey link building and conversion of the former Cookridge Hospital Ida Wing.

The new apartment building contains 58 homes while the Grade II listed Ida Wing has been converted to include 6 apartments, a salon, café, laundry room, buggy store with charging points, care and support facilities, guest bedroom and office facilities for housing management staff.

The design creates a large and level courtyard amenity space between the new and existing building, including soft landscaping, paths, raised planting beds, ornamental planting and seating spaces.

All 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.

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.

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.

Ravenscliffe High School


Ravenscliffe High School - £2.8m

Based on the site of Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College, the project comprised the construction of a U-shaped, two-storey sixth form facility for pupils with Special Educational Needs.

External works included all associated hard and soft landscaping.

Waterton House


Waterton House - £1.2m

The former elderly day centre, Waterton House, underwent re-modelling and refurbishment to create new office accommodation for Wakefield Council.

Works included; asbestos removal, structural alterations, removal of masonry walls and general refurbishment works.

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.

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.

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.

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