Castle MD Andrew Dawson and Steve Lynn, operations director at Kier, on site. Credit; via Bradley O'Mahoney

Castle to work on 320,000 sq ft NETPark phase

Main contractor Kier has asked the South Tyneside firm to design, coordinate and install mechanical, electrical and public health services to 11 units at the Sedgefield tech development.

The project is led by Durham County Council, with funding support from the North East LEP.

Castle’s work on phase three of NETPark will include environmental and carbon reduction initiatives including heating provided by reverse cycle air source heat pumps, a 1.16MW photovoltaic panel system and electric vehicle charging throughout

The buildings will provide the site with a total of 322,800 sq ft of warehousing and office space, to be delivered over a 44-week period.

NETPark’s overarching goal is to provide opportunities and support for science, engineering and technology companies at every stage of their journey, with facilities such as labs, clean rooms and office space on hand.

Durham County Council’s cabinet has agreed to invest £61m to finance the park’s expansion.

Andrew Dawson, managing director at Castle, said: “We are pleased to continue a longstanding working relationship with Kier on a project that will add real value and create high quality jobs. The focus on sustainability and carbon reduction is central to this project and we have a growing experience and expertise in this field, which is being increasingly utilised in a range of contracts we are currently involved in.”

Steve Lynn, operations director, Kier, said: “This project represents the ongoing importance of the North East as an area of growth for us, as well as our commitment to delivering outstanding projects in the science sector. We are looking forward to continuing our working relationship with Castle to delivering a project that will leave a positive impact on the local community for years to come."

Headquartered in Hebburn, with a headcount of over 130 staff and offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Teesside, Castle has a secured turnover of £65m in 2024.

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