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Office space could bring 150 jobs to Durham; Commercial Property.

Byline: JONATHON MANNING Reporter jonathon.manning@reachplc.com @JONNYAMANNING

CONSTRUCTION has begun on Durham's first speculatively built Grade A office space in more than a decade.

The Fram Well is being developed by North East construction firm Brims, which is building the 12,000sq ft office space near to Framwellgate Peth, in central Durham.

Once completed the site will have the potential to create up to 150 new jobs in the area. It represents a shift in strategy for developers in the region to meet the growing demand for high quality offices in Durham.

Brims is building the office on behalf of developers, The Hanro Group and iMpeC Developments.

Adam Serfontein, managing director of The Hanro Group said: "The construction of The Fram Well sends a positive message that Durham is developing the capacity to welcome quality businesses, which want high specification offices that place productivity and the wellbeing of their workforce as priorities."

Neil McMillan, managing director of iMpeC Developments, said: "The interest that exists in the Durham market from potential office occupiers gives us the confidence to build The Fram Well without a tenant and play our part in welcoming more employers to the city. I am looking forward to seeing Brims realise our vision of The Fram Well and producing office space that adds value to Durham City as a location that can attract and retain the best talent."

The Fram Well will house flexible, open plan offices across three floors and has been designed by award winning architects, Mawson Kerr.

The architecture firm's design was heavily influenced by the site's heritage and location near to Durham City's railway station. It has also been designed to provide an environment focused on the well being of those who work there. This includes the creation of new external landscaping and an outdoor space boasting views across Durham City.

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Neil McMillan, left, from IMPEC Developments and Brims project manager Malcolm Headly on the site at The Fram Well

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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 12, 2019
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