Derwentside Council - E-Business Centre, Consett

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Services: Cost Consultancy

Derwentside District Council is now part of Durham County Council. Durham County Council is made up of an elected assembly of 126 councillors accountable to almost 500,000 people in County Durham. They are responsible for providing a wide range of public services to the people of the county.

Project Description:

This new build construction of a two-storey e-commerce centre is located in a business park in Consett, County Durham. The new Derwentside Business Centre was commissioned by Derwentside District Council to promote young businesses in the area, taking a robust and comprehensive approach to modernising local business services. The project included all external works, associated services and full turnkey fit out. This new building replaced outdated office accommodation and is at the cutting edge of this type of development, bringing together good quality accommodation in individual office units, a range of communal support facilities, with access to business premises 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

The successful collaboration of the team, within a partnering environment, enabled the scheme to be completed 2 weeks ahead of schedule.


  • BREEAM Rating "Very Good"
  • PV membrane on roof in lieu of single ply
  • Natural ventilation to workshops and offices
  • Extensive use of solar control film and Brise Soleil
  • Crushed and re-cycled aggregate
  • Very high levels of insulation and air sealing to reduce carbon footprint
  • Rubber crumb flooring used
  • Very High Tech BMS system to monitor and control energy usage
  • Energy; individually metered for each of the 14 units
  • An Eco Study was prepared and adhered to.

Project award:

This scheme won a Bronze Award in the Community Benefit Category at the RICS North East Renaissance Awards 2004.

Key Challenges:

  • Limited Local Authority funding meant that the scheme was constantly worked and appraised from its concept through to the current tender stage
  • European Regional Development funding requirements are extremely stringent and to secure the money, very detailed cost plans, scheme comparisons and element justification reports were prepared by ourselves.
  • The Value Engineering exercises were continued in the spirit of the NEC 3 form of contract and during the project.

Form of Contract: Design and Build Contract

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