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An important addition to the DurhamGate Project

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  • An important addition to the DurhamGate Project

    I found this article on the Durhamgate/Marstons deal. How important do you think encorporating other industries into large developments is?

    "The developers of DURHAMGATE, County Durham’s leading regeneration project, have agreed a deal with a leading pub company that will create around 45 new jobs at the development.
    Marstons plc, a FTSE 250 company, has acquired a strategic site close to the entrance at DurhamGate, where it will build a two-storey 675 sq metre pub restaurant.
    Work has started, with the pub expected to be open for business in September 2011. Marstons aim to create around 45 new permanent full and part-time jobs for local people.
    The construction is being carried out by Barnes Construction, Marstons’ preferred East of England contractor.
    DurhamGate aims to create more than 370 new homes along with high quality office space, a hotel, retail and leisure facilities which, including the pub, has the potential to accommodate up to 2,000 jobs.
    DurhamGate is being developed in partnership by Carillion Developments, part of Carillion plc, and regional property business, Arlington Real Estate.
    Allan Cook, Managing Director of Arlington Realestate, said: “The aim of DurhamGate is to attract high quality businesses to the area to create much needed employment.
    “Marstons plc is one of the UK’s largest pub operators and is just the type of high quality occupier we are seeking to attract. With Sedgefield Borough Homes moving a further 170 staff to DurhamGate later this year, along with the associated construction work, we are now seeing real job creation becoming a reality.”
    Adrian Blackburn, Marstons plc’s acquisitions manager for the North of England, said: “Marstons is building more traditional pubs than the rest of the industry combined, with a target of 25 each year. DurhamGate is a prime site for this latest investment, as we look to build to meet demand from new homes and businesses. The vast majority of the new jobs will be aimed at local people and we believe that, with the development steaming ahead, the pub will prove a success.”"