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Kier to design new government hub at Darlington

The Government Property Agency (GPA) has signed Kier as its initial delivery partner to create a new state-of-the-art hub at the Darlington Economic Campus.

The organisations have agreed a pre-construction services agreement (PCSA) in readiness to deliver the project, earmarked for Brunswick St.

The latest hub would become part of the DEC which includes Feethams House and Bishopsgate House, and form part of the Government Hubs Programme supporting economic growth across the UK, catalysing the regeneration of brownfield sites and creating efficient, sustainable and productive workplaces for civil servants.

Kier and the GPA are now set to develop the design and engage with the supply chain to prepare the way for building to begin. Subject to planning consent being granted, construction is scheduled to commence at the end of the year.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office, Alex Burghart, said: “We are committed to creating modern and productive working environments for civil servants in Darlington, enabling them to deliver the best possible service to taxpayers.

“I am pleased to see the progress being made to deliver this new government hub on Brunswick Street. Our growing presence in Darlington will allow us to attract and retain talented individuals from across the North of England in key Civil Service positions.”

This is the GPA’s first new-build freehold building – the agency will own the four-storey building and the land in its entirety, removing the need to lease.

Clive Anderson, Director of Capital Projects at the Government Property Agency, said: “The GPA is looking forward to working with Kier Construction on this exceptional freehold project to deliver a next-generation government hub at the DEC.

“This development will continue to support Levelling Up and Places for Growth, creating considerable regional economic benefit as well as helping to transform the Civil Service to better represent the public we serve.”

Construction of the hub is set to begin later this year, with completion expected in 2027. Once open, the building will provide modern office space for around 1,400 civil servants.

Stuart Togwell, Group Managing Director of Kier Construction, said: “We’re delighted to have been appointed to support the delivery of the Government Property Agency’s latest Government Hub in Darlington. Working in partnership with the GPA, we will create an exemplar building to support and create a new flagship regional hub for the government and a sustainable, inclusive and collaborative environment for its employees.

“Our strong regional footprint also means we will deliver the scheme through local supply chains and create employment opportunities including apprenticeships.”

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