The professional team has been procured locally. Credit: via Mediaworks

Esh begins Dunedin House revamp

The contractor has started to remodel a building at Clear Water Business Park, which will allow Stockton-on-Tees Council to consolidate staff from 10 administration buildings into a new headquarters.

Esh Construction began work in July on the 100,000 sq ft project, on the Thornaby bank of the River Tees, after undertaking a nine-month period of design, proposals and consultations in partnership with a local design team.

The contractor, which is being supported by Middlesbrough firm Maval Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, Stokesley-based P&HS Architect and Stockton firm SINE Consulting, expects to complete the programme in summer 2024.

Chris Hale, pre-construction director at Esh Construction, said: “As a local contractor, we are committed to supporting the communities surrounding our projects by procuring local.

“Our emphasis was to maximise spend in Tees Valley when procuring the project team. Throughout the project, we plan to re-invest £3m into Tees Valley.”

Stockton-on-Tees Council bought Dunedin House from Kames Capital in September 2021 as an alternative to building a new headquarters due to its size, location, condition and proposed sale price.

Cllr Nigel Cooke, cabinet member for regeneration and housing, said: “The purchase of Dunedin House has provided the Council with a fantastic opportunity. It’s a chance to look at an existing building which is of a good standard and to bring it back into prime use. We’re looking forward to working with Esh on this journey.

“I am sure this project will allow staff and visitors to enjoy a fantastic new working environment and with the building being brought back into full occupancy and with its close proximity, it is certain to be a significant footfall generator in Stockton town centre.”

The project, which was procured through the NEPO framework, will involve demolition works and removal of partitions, along with construction of new partitions and glazed screens to provide a new layout.

Other elements include new lighting, toilet upgrades, new washrooms, fire alarm systems, mechanical ventilation, and cooling systems. Finishing touches will include full decoration, window repair, new flooring and doors, along with installation of desks, chairs and meeting pods.

Esh Construction is also the named contractor for the bold and visionary Stockton Waterfront development in the heart of the town centre on the opposite side of the Tees.

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