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Dalton Park pounds 19.8m contract proved a real coup for Ballast.

Winning the pounds 19.8m contract to construct Dalton Park - the North-East's largest factory outlet centre - has been a real coup for Ballast plc.

Dalton Park, which was opened on April 10 by Tara Palmer Tompkinson, is located on the site of an old colliery in Murton, County Durham, and set in 83 acres of landscaped parkland.

Ballast plc was appointed by the developers, ING Real Estate, to carry out the construction. The company's involvement included building the single storey retail units, and the management suite, which includes a creche, eating facilities and ATMs, as well as the bus interchange.

"The substructure is built up from reinforced concrete foundations and floor slabs connected to form a raft which carries the weight of the buildings," explained Tony Henderson of Ballast plc.

"The superstructure consists of a steel frame which carries the composite panel roof and walls while the glazed shop fronts include cedar cladding. The building layout allows for over 100 shopping units ranging from 600 to 9,500 square feet.

"Externally the project includes a number of tented structures, a timber wave wall feature and extensive landscaped wetlands."

Dalton Park is situated in an impressive shopping catchment area of a potential 2.4 million people.

Mr Henderson added: "Dalton Park is the largest factory outlet in the North- East and as such a significant construction project. We are delighted with the results of Ballast and its partners' work at the Park, and wish it lasting success."
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 24, 2003
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